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Table 5 Effects of the written IC and the oral information on the patient’s decision making (n = 444)

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

  n %
Written IC and oral information influenced the decision to proceed to the surgery?a
 A lot 41 9.2
 Somewhat 46 10.4
 A little 48 10.8
 No 309 69.6
 Total 444 100.0
Which one mainly influenced your decision?a
 Oral information 90 66.7
 Both 28 20.7
 I don’t know 14 10.4
 Written IC form 3 2.2
 Total 135 100.0
Compared to the information received. What would you want to know?b
 More 55 10.5
 No more, no less 464 88.2
 Less 7 1.3
 Total 526 100.0
Have you had the opportunity to ask any questions?
 Yes, and I had exhaustive answers 361 64.4
 Not asked questions 183 32.7
 Yes, without satisfactory answers 16 2.9
 Total 560 100.0
Consequences of the received informationb
 Relief/Improvement in symptoms 262 49.8
 Indifference 142 27.0
 Anxiety/Worsening of the symptoms 122 23.2
 Total 526 100.0
  1. aincluding only those who received both written consent and oral information and only those whose decision had been influenced
  2. bincluding only those who received further oral information