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Table 5 Use of implied or presumed consent in clinical practice

From: Evaluating the quality of informed consent and contemporary clinical practices by medical doctors in South Africa: An empirical study

Implied/presumed consent Yes (%) No (%) Don't know (%)
Do you ever use implied/presumed consent in practice? 80/168 (53) 71/168(47%)  
When do you use implied/presumed consent:    
   1. When patients' present at the clinic? 49/168 (34) 95/168 (66) 1/168 (1)
   2. When patients are admitted to the ward? 45/168 (31) 98/168 (68) 1/168 (1))
   3. In an emergency? 69/168 (48) 73/168 (50) 3/168 (2
How often do you use implied/presumed consent?    
Some of the time or occasionally 53/168 (38.7)   
Seldom or rarely 36/168(26.3)   
All of the time 15/168 (10.9)   
Never 33/168 (24.1)   
Do you obtain consent for other specific procedures? 95/168 (66) 49/168 (34)