Informed consent still an overlooked step

The study, led by University of Melbourne population health researcher Dr Marie Bismark, published in PLOS Medicine, found that of 481 informed consent cases between 2002 and 2008, 375 concerned alleged failure to appropriately warn of risks.

Of those, 45 were “disputed duty” cases – over whether the doctor was obliged to disclose risk. The most common reason doctors gave for non-disclosure was “the risk was too rare” (18 out of 45), followed by belief the specific risk was covered in the general risk warning (11). Other reasons doctors gave were belief the risk was “obvious”