Screening the use of informed consent forms prior to procedures involving operative dentistry: ethical aspects

Livia Graziele Rodrigues, João Batista de Souza, Erica Miranda de Torres, Rhonan Ferreira Silva

Abstract


Background. The present study aimed to screen the knowledge and attitudes of dentists toward the use of informed consent forms prior to procedures involving operative dentistry.
Methods. A research tool containing questions (questionnaire) regarding the use of informed consent forms was developed. The questionnaire consisted of seven questions structured to screen the current practice in operative dentistry towards the use of informed consent forms.
Results. The questionnaires were distributed among 731 dentists, of which 179 returned them with answers. Sixty-seven dentists reported not using informed consent forms. The main reasons for not using informed consent forms were: having a complete dental record signed by the patient (67.2%) and having a good relation with patients (43.6%). The dentists who reported using informed consent forms revealed that they obtained them from other dentists and made their own modifica-tions (35.9%). Few dentists revealed contacting lawyers (1.7%) and experts in legal dentistry (0.9%) for the development of their informed consent forms.
Conclusion. A high number of dentists working in the field of operative dentistry behave according to the ethical stan-dards in the clinical practice, becoming unprotected against ethical and legal actions

Keywords


Dental law, ethics, informed consent, operative dentistry.

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