Mary Cipriano Silva is a Professor in the Department of Nursing, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, and a former Kennedy Fellow in Medical Ethics for Nursing Faculty, Georgetown University.
Comprehension of information for informed consent by spouses of surgical patients
Version of Record online: 1 FEB 2011
Copyright © 1985 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 8, Issue 2, pages 117–124, June 1985
How to Cite
Silva, M. C. (1985), Comprehension of information for informed consent by spouses of surgical patients. Res. Nurs. Health, 8: 117–124. doi: 10.1002/nur.4770080205
- Issue online: 1 FEB 2011
- Version of Record online: 1 FEB 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 27 JAN 1984
- Manuscript Received: 15 FEB 1983
- Center for Research and Advanced Studies
- University Department of Nursing
- College of Professional Studies
The adequacy of comprehension of the information needed for informed consent to participate in research on spouse responses to a husband's or wife's general surgery was assessed. Comprehension of information about the research study by 75 spouses was measured by the Informed Consent Questionnaire containing questions on study purpose, time involvement, nature of participation, risks, benefits, voluntariness, confidentiality, and anonymity. The result showed that 72 of the 75 spouses had adequate comprehension of the information for informed consent. Because adequate comprehension is atypical of most studies, possible reasons for this unexpected result are discussed and then explained within a self-determination theory of informed consent.