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O038 Digital consent: modernising data-sharing in surgery and empowering patients

Daliya, P; Lobo, DN; Parsons, SL

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P Daliya

Professor of Gastrointestinal Surgery

SL Parsons


Introduction Despite the 2015 Montgomery Ruling highlighting key requisites for informed consent, little has changed to modernise data-sharing and documentation of the consent process. Although many practitioners provide supplementary information to support consent consultations it can be difficult to gauge patient understanding and address all patient concerns in time limited appointments. The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of a digital informed consent to address these issues.

Methods All adult patients referred to a single centre with symptomatic gallstones were invited to use a digital consent platform prior to their first surgical clinic appointment. The platform provided patients with multimedia information on gallstones and available treatment options. It recorded the time spent accessing supplementary information, asked Patients Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), documented a summary medical history, and allowed free text for patient questions. This information was summarised into a clinical report to support clinic consultations.

Results 349 patients registered to use the digital consent platform. 203 patients (58.2%) completed all modules necessary to generate a clinical report. 81.3% were female, with a mean age of 46.7 years (range 19–83 years). 130 patients (64.0%) answered all 10 MCQs correctly and spent a mean of 18.7 minutes (range 3–88 minutes) reading the consent information.

Conclusion Despite difficulties with access resulting in proportionate drop-out, patients welcomed the opportunity to receive supplementary information digitally, prior to their consultation. Patients described feeling empowered and better informed to be involved in decision-making. Clinicians also welcomed the process in improving the efficiency of consultations.

Take-home message Digital data-sharing and digital consent can help to improve decision-making during clinical consultations for both patients and clinicians.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 22, 2022
Online Publication Date Jul 22, 2022
Publication Date 2022-08
Deposit Date Dec 15, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jan 11, 2023
Journal British Journal of Surgery
Print ISSN 0007-1323
Electronic ISSN 1365-2168
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 109
Issue Supplement_4
Article Number znac242.038
Keywords Surgery
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