Saturday, 11 September 2010

The surgeon's pact with the patient - "Never give up"

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This article in the NY Times delves into why surgeons don't call "enough is enough" when patients suffer postop complications and undergo repeated re-operations and protracted stays in ICU. Research indicates that during the consent process, the surgeon implicitly indicates to the patient he will undertake to do "what ever it takes". However patients don't see the consent having the same implied meaning.

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