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Chapter 5 Breaking Informed Consent: Strategies for Risk Communication in Surgical Practice

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1. Title Title of document Chapter 5 Breaking Informed Consent: Strategies for Risk Communication in Surgical Practice - Communication in Surgical Practice
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Maria Dahm; Macqaurie University; Australia
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Israel Berger; Roehampton University; United Kingdom
3. Subject Discipline(s) Communication Studies; Linguistics
4. Subject Keyword(s) surgeon-patient communication; risk communication; informed consent; breaking bad news; communication skills; discourse analysis; qualitative; interview; consultation; surgical communications training; trust; relatives; relational communication
5. Subject Subject classification Sociolinguistics (CFB); Medical sociology (MBS); Medical ethics & professional conduct (MBDC)
6. Description Abstract This chapter examines risk communication strategies used to obtain informed consent in surgical consultations. Drawing on recordings of 37 interactions collected in the consulting rooms of a colorectal surgeon, two particular types of strategies are presented and discussed: 1) Set pieces used to relate risk information about more ‘routine’ procedures such as colonoscopies; 2) Breaking informed consent – a more unique strategy employed by the observed surgeon in more demanding situation such as the discussion of ‘big’, potentially life-changing surgeries.

Particular attention will be given to breaking informed consent as a communication strategy that incorporates communicative features of breaking bad news into the information and consent process. This chapter argues that the communicative act of obtaining consent can in fact be modeled as a type of breaking bad news. By taking advantage of this overlap, the surgeon is able to draw from a wider range of communication resources to establish rapport and trust and to build a strong relationship with patients and their families ‘before the wheels fall off’. Implications for surgical training will be sketched.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 15-Mar-2016
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.26407
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Communication in Surgical Practice
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) international,
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