Details of Written Consent

Written consent is required that demonstrates the patient's full understanding of the nature of the examination and his or her consent. Written consent forms typically come with written information that describes the objectives, procedures, and complications. Entries on the form should include the date and time that information is provided and the names of the physicians and others present, the patient giving consent, and a member of his or her family. The written consent consists of two sheets of paper; one is filed in the patient's chart and the other is for the patient.

Adequate information provides patients with a sense of security, resulting in a safe examination. Informed consent represents not only the physician's accountability but also an important process by which a trustful relationship develops between the physician and the patient.

1. The Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society (2002) Guidelines for gastroenterological endoscopy, 2nd edn. Igaku-Shoin, Tokyo sö;)

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