Table 3

Trainees beliefs about who can give consent for surgery on behalf of an unconscious adult male patient; values are number (%)

PRHO (n=108)SHO (n=77)
Patient's wife15 (14)20 (26)
Patient's mother14 (13)15 (19)
Patient's father15 (14)15 (19)
Patient's 20 year old son8 (7)12 (16)
Patient's 15 year old daughter00
Patient's brother5 (5)5 (6)
Patient's sister5 (5)5 (6)
None of the above89 (82)50 (65)