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Cardiologist Blasts Patient Informed Consent Process
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The healthcare system only gives “lip service” to the informed consent routine, says cardiologist Harlan Krumholz, MD, SM. “What if patient-centered informed consent actually meant something?” he asked clinicians and patient advocates attending a Lown Institute conference in San Diego this week.

Krumholz, director of the Center for Outcome Research and Evaluation at Yale University School of Medicine, wants to know what would happen if the consent process included a period of time when a patient could consider all of the risks and benefits of a treatment whether they would be appropriate, and whether there were alternatives with lower risks but similar outcomes.