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Shared Decision Making and Informed Consent for Hysterectomy


Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology: March 2014 - Volume 57 - Issue 1 - p 3–13
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0000000000000003
Hysterectomy 2014: Indications and Techniques

This article provides an overview of the components of the informed consent process for surgery including the components specific to hysterectomy. Shared decision making and informed consent for hysterectomy rely on a mutual understanding by the patient and surgeon of the goals, risks, benefits, and alternatives as well as the choice of hysterectomy technique. The importance of a patient-centered approach is emphasized with an explanation of several communication methods and resources for decision aids that will help to ensure that patients have a good understanding of the items listed above and are able to provide informed consent.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and Medical Staff Services, UNM-Sandoval Regional Medical Center, Rio Rancho, New Mexico

The author declares that there is nothing to disclose.

Correspondence: Tony Ogburn, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, MSC 5580, NM. E-mail:

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.