Public Health Quiz #17: Informed Consent

1. A 45-year-old man is scheduled for a cholecystectomy. Just before the surgery, he expresses concern and asks numerous questions about the risks involved. He appears anxious and unsure about proceeding. What is the most appropriate next step for the surgeon to take? 

Question 1 of 5

2. A 32-year-old woman with a fractured femur requires surgery. She is currently on medication that impairs her cognitive function and ability to understand complex information. She has no advance directives or power of attorney. What is the most appropriate action regarding informed consent for the surgery?

Question 2 of 5

3. A research team is recruiting participants for a clinical trial involving a new antihypertensive medication. A potential participant is eager to join but struggles to understand the scientific terminology used in the consent form. What should the research team do to ensure informed consent?

Question 3 of 5

4. A 28-year-old man is brought to the emergency department with severe injuries from a motor vehicle accident. He is unconscious and requires immediate surgery to save his life. There is no available information about his next of kin. What is the best course of action regarding consent for the surgery?

Question 4 of 5

5. A 50-year-old woman diagnosed with breast cancer is offered participation in a clinical trial for a new chemotherapy drug that has shown promise in preliminary studies. She is provided with a consent form that details the potential risks, benefits, and alternatives to participation. However, the form also states that participants may be liable for certain costs not covered by the trial sponsors or insurance. She expresses concern about potential financial burdens. What is the most appropriate response? 

Question 5 of 5


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