comprehensive procedure-specific information in an easy to understand manner without provider bias, or time
are more cooperative therefore increasing satisfaction with the process for both the provider and the
ensures patient comprehension, competency, cognition, and voluntariness in electing to proceed with the
We’ve been there… presented with a diagnosis and a treatment option, we were handed a
hastily filled out form to sign, granting permission to proceed with a procedure. On some occasions, someone other
than the practitioner doing the procedure counseled us. We found this unacceptable, especially in an era of advancing
technology, increasing medical error rates, and decreasing human interaction.