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To establish a gold standard for the information given to patients about the risks associated with third molar extractions, we surveyed 79 oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMFS) to find out what information they gave to patients during the consent process. We also surveyed 62 medicolegal solicitors to find out what information they thought patients should be given before the procedure, and in what form. A total of 20/76 OMFS (26%) used a two-stage process to obtain consent; 13 (17%) included paraesthesia on the consent form and also gave out an information leaflet. All the lawyers agreed that patients should give their consent in writing and thought that the risk of paraesthesia should be included on the form. Three-quarters thought that they should also be given an information leaflet that includes paraesthesia. We encourage surgeons to do this as part of the two-stage consent process. (C) 2016 The British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Author(s): Britton D, Burns A, Hudyba S, Nugent M
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Print publication date: 01/09/2016
Online publication date: 30/05/2016
Acceptance date: 09/05/2016
ISSN (print): 0266-4356
ISSN (electronic): 1532-1940
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
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