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What We Talk about When We Talk about Surgery: Redesigning the Conceptual Framework for Preoperative Communication about Surgical Intervention

Margaret (Gretchen) Schwarze, MD
University of Wisconsin
Grant Type Making a Difference
Grant Cycle fall 2018
Duration 3 years
Amount $336,771

The current structure and content of informed consent routinely fails to generate a treatment plan that is deliberately aligned with patient preferences because this conversation is dominated by explanations of disease and treatment, lacks focus on outcomes and trade-offs, and fails to situate the proposed treatment within the larger context of the patient’s overall health. The research team aims to develop a framework for surgeon-patient communication to better support patient autonomy in decision-making.