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|Title: ||An exploration of the process of informed consent for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT): the nurses' and doctors' role.|
|Authors: ||Burke, Shona Marie|
|Supervisors: ||Gass, John P.|
West, Bernice J. M.
|Issue Date: ||Nov-2010|
|Publisher: ||The Robert Gordon University|
|Abstract: ||Experience suggests that there is variability in the knowledge of medical
and nursing staff with regard to informed consent. This includes the type
of information given to patients to enable them to make an informed
decision in the consent process, as suggested by Rose et al (2005).
The purpose of this study is to explore the nature, indication and
processes of informed consent in patients receiving ECT.
The study used quantitative and qualitative methods including a
questionnaire survey of ECT nurses in Scotland. The sample consisted of
ECT consultants and ECT nurses at 24 ECT sites in Scotland and a user
representative who also has knowledge of ECT. This ascertained their
interpretation of their role in the consent process. The survey findings
helped to inform the design of the modified Delphi study phase (Jones and
Hunter 1995) of the project. This established the knowledge base required
for patients to be considered “fully informed” to consent to ECT.
Questionnaire data were analysed using SPSS (version 15.0 for Windows)
and the knowledge base was synthesized utilizing a modified version of
the Delphi consensus process. The benefit of the study is that a tool has been developed which can be
administered by staff to confirm that the knowledge required for informed
consent has been obtained in patients consenting to ECT. Practice can also
be developed through increased awareness of informed consent so that
each ECT treatment is administered in the context of fully informed
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