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Table 2 Modalities of acquisition of written IC (n = 560)

From: Does written informed consent adequately inform surgical patients? A cross sectional study

  n %
Have you received a written IC form?
 Yes 473 84.5
 I don’t know / I don’t remember 78 13.9
 No 9 1.6
 Total 560 100.0
Who signed it?a
 Patient 448 94.7
 Patient + relative 18 3.8
 Relative 5 1.1
 Parent 2 0.4
 Total 473 100.0
Did you read it?a
 Yes 245 51.8
 No, I did not want 167 35.3
 No, due to lack of time 31 6.6
 Partially / Distractedly 30 6.3
 Total 473 100.0
Was it understandable?b
 Yes 249 90.9
 Partially 25 9.1
 No 0 0.0
 Total 274 100.0
Time before the surgerya
 Immediately before 81 17.1
 Some hours before 113 24.0
 The day before 163 34.5
  > 1 day 83 17.5
 They can’t remember 33 6.9
 Total 473 100.0
Who delivered it?a
 Operative surgeon 212 44.8
 Other surgeon 160 33.8
 Nurse 34 7.2
 Anesthetist 13 2.8
 Administration 2 0.4
 I don’t remember 52 11.0
 Total 473 100.0
  1. aincluding only those who received it
  2. bincluding only those who received and read it