Did anyone watch this on the news last night?
It is a story about what patients really understand or more importantly dont understand about the procedures they are consenting to . An example was : with a CP patient who underwent diagnostic angioplasty the patients believed that even if there was no blockage found that by simply undergoing the procedure had added 10 years to their life. It was very interesting. The most impressive thing for me was how the doctors at this one medical facility had a computer program that required you to input the age, sex, suggested procedure and comorbidities of the patient...then the computer gives the patient a reasonable benefit result for patients JUST LIKE HIM/HER that had underwent the same procedure. Like the MD was able to say " when patients in your age group and health status underwent this procedure less than 1% suffered complications....or 35% suffered complications and this is a list of what those complications were: XXXXX.
Does anyone use this program in your ED or hospital and if so what is it called?