This information collected at registration is for patients’ benefit. It is a way to identify the population the hospital serves, compare outcomes, and find areas that need improvement. When patients and registrars understand this, the process is easier.
Hospitals want to show care processes and outcomes are not different based on patient race or ethnicity. Facilities do that by collect the data, and then stratifying the whole range of hospital quality measures by race and ethnicity.
Surgeons may be seeing patients who are frail, but those patients may not be recognized as such. Engage in nuanced discussions and shared decision-making with patients. Include information about how even a small operation could lead to death.
Researchers interviewed 20 registered nurses from various clinical settings at a large academic medical center. All but one agreed patient safety is directly linked to how well patients understand informed consent.
From the simplest procedure to the most complex operation, it is difficult for the layperson to understand. Let us all try to help our patients deal with it by reviewing what you already know and hopefully follow.