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The Role of the Nurse in Informed Consent to Treatments: An Observational-Descriptive Study in the Padua Hospital

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Clinical Research Unit, University-Hospital of Padua, via Giustiniani 2, 35128 Padua, Italy
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Continuity of Care Service, University-Hospital of Padua, via Giustiniani 2, 35128 Padua, Italy
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Independent Research, University-Hospital of Padua, via Giustiniani 2, 35128 Padua, Italy
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Clin. Pract. 2021, 11(3), 472-483; https://doi.org/10.3390/clinpract11030063
Received: 16 June 2021 / Revised: 3 July 2021 / Accepted: 26 July 2021 / Published: 29 July 2021
Background: The process to obtain valid informed consent in healthcare reflects many aspects. Healthcare professionals that take care of the patient must provide him all the necessary information and verify his understanding, considering individual characteristics. Nurses are one of the main participants in this process. Objective: This study assesses nurses’ perceptions of their role in the informed consent process. Material and Methods: An observational study involving 300 nurses operating in 13 wards of the Padua Hospital, through the submitting of a questionnaire in the period November–December 2018. Results: The final sample is made up of 206 nurses—27 males (13.11%) and 179 females (86.89%). Work experience, on average 15 years, is significant in determining the answers to questions about opinions and experiences. Age is significant in determining how often nurses provide information to the patient’s family members about the actions to be taken after discharge. The ward was decisive in the responses related to information provided to patients on the nursing care level and the actions to be taken after discharge, and the definition of the nurse’s duties. Conclusions: The data collected show the need for interventions to reduce the causes of difficult that the nurse has in informing patients. View Full-Text
Keywords: informed consent; nurse role; nursing procedures; patient consent; hospital wards informed consent; nurse role; nursing procedures; patient consent; hospital wards
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Strini, V.; Schiavolin, R.; Prendin, A. The Role of the Nurse in Informed Consent to Treatments: An Observational-Descriptive Study in the Padua Hospital. Clin. Pract. 2021, 11, 472-483. https://doi.org/10.3390/clinpract11030063

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Strini V, Schiavolin R, Prendin A. The Role of the Nurse in Informed Consent to Treatments: An Observational-Descriptive Study in the Padua Hospital. Clinics and Practice. 2021; 11(3):472-483. https://doi.org/10.3390/clinpract11030063

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Strini, Veronica, Roberta Schiavolin, and Angela Prendin. 2021. "The Role of the Nurse in Informed Consent to Treatments: An Observational-Descriptive Study in the Padua Hospital" Clinics and Practice 11, no. 3: 472-483. https://doi.org/10.3390/clinpract11030063

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