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Anesthesia for Children: Getting Informed Consent Under Duress
Date:3/5/2009

Anesthesiology residents categorize the difficulties they face

Boston, Mass. (PRWEB) March 5, 2009 -- The practice of obtaining informed consent from patients and families enters difficult territory when it comes to administering anesthesia, finds a study from Children's Hospital Boston and the Institute for Professionalism & Ethical Practice (IPEP). The study appears in the March issue of Anesthesiology, accompanied by an editorial.

Anesthesiologists often need to get consent from patients and families under less than ideal circumstances -such as when the child is about to undergo surgery and the family is anxious and stressed. It is critical that doctors learn how to ease anxiety and establish trust and confidence quickly with the family - a skill that is not always a large focus in medical training.

57 Anesthesiology residents and fellows from several Boston- area hospitals voluntarily participated in a workshop with the Program to Enhance Relational and Communication Skills (PERCS) -Anesthesia, offered by IPEP. Of those participants, 39 submitted written narratives citing a specific challenge that arose when trying to gain informed consent. Lead researcher David Waisel, MD, Senior Associate in

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