Table 6

Documentation of elements of informed consent for patients undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy by residents and attending physicians

ElementPhysician type; no. (%)of patientsp value
ResidentsAttending physicians
Clinic note (n = 61)
 Potential complications30 (49)9 (15)0.09
 Procedure details9 (15)1 (2)0.42
 Alternatives to surgical procedure10 (16)4 (31)0.72
Consent form (n = 269)
 Potential complications190 (71)38 (14)< 0.001
 Details0 (0)0 (0)NA
 Alternatives to surgical procedure0 (0)0 (0)NA
Operating room note (n = 269)
 Potential complications33 (12)40 (15)< 0.001
 Procedure details5 (2)13 (5)< 0.001
 Alternatives to surgical procedure4 (1)4 (1)0.35
  • NA = not applicable.