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Rivista di Angiologia
Official Journal of the , the International Union of Phlebology and the
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International Angiology 2002 March;21(1):99-102
The importance of communication between physicians and patients. Special considerations in the era of endovascular therapy
Mavroforou A., Giannoukas A. D. *, Katsamouris A. *, Michalodimitrakis E.
From the Department of Forensic Sciences and the * Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Crete Medical School, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Most of the lawsuits in medical practice are the result of inadequate communication between doctors and patients and litigation has very little to do with errors. In the era of the technological development and the implementation of new techniques such as endovascular therapy, good communication between physicians and patients is essential. The purpose of this review is to elicit important considerations on challenging issues relating to the art of communication between physicians and patients and to provide information on what the vascular surgeon or interventionalist should bear in mind in obtaining an adequate informed consent from the patients.