Ex­perts stress good med­i­cal prac­tices

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - UTTARPRADESH - HT Cor­re­spon­dent lko­re­porters­desk@htlive.com

FOR AN IN­FORMED CON­SENT, REL­A­TIVE HAS TO BE TOLD ABOUT THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE OP­ER­A­TION ALONG WITH THE BEN­E­FITS

LUC­KNOW: A pa­tient had to be pro­vided cer­tain ad­di­tional rights if she or he was in­cluded in a clin­i­cal re­search by a doc­tor, said ex­perts at the na­tional sem­i­nar on good clin­i­cal prac­tices and med­i­cal ethics here on Satur­day.

The sem­i­nar was held at the Kalam Cen­tre in King Ge­orge’s Med­i­cal Univer­sity, with med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Ashutosh Tan­don as the chief guest.

“De­bar­ring the pa­tient from those rights can have an ad­verse im­pact on the re­search out­come. Also as a med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner, a doc­tor needs to take com­plete, writ­ten and in­formed con­sent of a pa­tient be­fore surgery,” said Prof Sandip Ti­wari, HoD, Trauma Surgery depart­ment at the KGMU.

He said that if an at­ten­dant was told to sign a doc­u­ment be­fore his or her rel­a­tive’s op­er­a­tion and was not in­formed about the pros and cons of the op­er­a­tion, it could not be called in­formed con­sent.

“For an in­formed con­sent, the rel­a­tive has to be told about the risks associated with the op­er­a­tion along with the ben­e­fits,” said Prof Ti­wari.

The pro­to­cols for a pa­tient in­cluded in a med­i­cal re­search pro­vide that no money should be spent by the pa­tient on drugs and di­ag­no­sis and nei­ther on hos­pi­tal stay. “Once the pa­tient is in­cluded in re­search, the ex­penses are to be borne out of re­search fund­ing,” said Prof Ti­wari.

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