Current evidence suggests it is unclear how to best provide information and informed consent to patients undergoing new and evolving invasive procedures. We will be using survey, consensus and qualitative research methods to explore these issues with key stakeholders.
This will include:
- conducting interviews with a range of people (including clinicians, patients, governance representatives and bioethicists)
- audio-recording healthcare interactions where novel procedures are discussed with patients
- exploring what guidance and policies exist in relation to informing patients about new procedures in the UK. We will develop guidance and interventions to ensure that patients receive clear and consistent information about innovative surgical procedures. To do so, we will use our methods for establishing ‘Core Information Sets’ and our expertise in developing interventions for informed consent and recruitment to clinical trials.