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Table 1 Essential components of surgical informed consent received by respondents, Hawassa, 2016

From: Surgical informed consent in obstetric and gynecologic surgeries: experience from a comprehensive teaching hospital in Southern Ethiopia

Essential components of surgical informed consent Response, n (%)
Yes No Do not remember
Respondent/respondent’s family was requested for an informed consent (n = 230) 229 (99.6) 1 (0.4)
Respondent/respondent’s family signed on an informed consent form (n = 230) 229 (99.6) 1 (0.4)
Respondent was informed why the surgery will be performed (indication of surgery) (n = 230) 200 (87.0) 30 (13.0)
Respondent was informed the expected time the surgery will take (n = 230) 33 (14.3) 194 (84.3) 3 (1.3)
Respondent was informed about presence/absence of alternative treatment option/s (n = 230) 56 (24.3) 170 (73.9) 4 (1.7)
Respondent was informed about type of anesthesia to be used (n = 230) 26 (11.3) 203 (88.3) 1 (0.4)
Respondent was given counseling aids which assist in decision making (n = 230) 3 (1.3) 227 (98.7)
Respondent was informed about potential complication/s which may arise (n = 230) 27 (11.7) 201 (87.4) 2 (0.9)
Respondent was informed about consequences of refusing the proposed surgery (n = 230) 111 (48.3) 115 (50.0) 4 (1.7)
There was a favorable environment to say “No” to the proposed surgery (n = 229) 15 (6.6) 214 (93.4)
Respondent was given adequate time for decision to sign on the informed consent form (n = 217) 67 (30.9) 150 (69.1)
Respondent was given an opportunity to ask question (n = 230) 186 (80.9) 44 (19.1)
Respondent given opportunity to choose from anesthesia options (n = 230) 14 (6.1) 216 (93.9)