MINIMALLY INVASIVE GYNECOLOGIC PROCEDURES: Edited by Matthew SiedhoffInformed consent in gynecologic surgeryOvercarsh, Patricia; Arvizo, Cynthia; Harvey, LaraAuthor Information Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA Correspondence to Patricia Overcarsh, MD, MPH, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 1161 21st Avenue South, B-1100 Medical Center North, Nashville, TN 37232, USA. Tel: +1 615 343 6710; fax: +1 615 343 8881; e-mail: [email protected] Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology: August 2019 - Volume 31 - Issue 4 - p 240-244 doi: 10.1097/GCO.0000000000000550 Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose of review Informed consent is frequently used interchangeably with obtaining a signature on a form. This oversimplification shifts the value from the process of informed consent to the documentation. This review focuses on the recommended components of the consent process, barriers encountered, factors influencing patient satisfaction, attempts to improve the consent practice, and considerations in special populations. Recent findings The process of informed consent is key to promoting shared decision-making and patient autonomy. Several barriers exist to providing optimal consent including time constraints as well as educational, cultural, and language barriers. Innovative approaches such as audiovisual aids show promise in overcoming barriers and improving the consent process. Summary Patients seek expertise and knowledge to aid in making decisions that align with their care goals. Providers have an obligation to provide individualized and accessible counseling. Ongoing research is needed to optimize this process. Copyright © 2019 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.