Flip No. 100

Improve the informed consent process with media and accessible resources for patients

Improve informed consent for interventional radiology patients by creating media and gathering resources for multiple procedures

By University of Utah Health

Most patients are currently consented by discussing the basics of their procedure with their doctors, then signing consent forms.  This process often leaves patients with questions, and many providers do not feel the process is totally effective.  At University of Utah Health, their goal is to improve the informed consent process by giving patients more digestible information at a reading level suitable for the majority of patients in the clinic.  Patients admitted to the interventional radiology clinic at University of Utah Health will be given media developed specifically for their procedure.  They will also be given access to other helpful resources before consenting with their physician.  Patients will be asked comprehension questions to ensure they are able to consent to the procedure.  Patients will then be given a survey asking questions about the effectiveness of the media and the delivery of information.  According to a study conducted at the Gosford District Hospital and Royal North Shore Hospital, media improves both a patient’s knowledge and satisfaction during the informed consent process for cystoscopy.  We believe these results will translate into interventional radiology procedures as well.