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Patients in 'parent' cooperative studies projects are interviewed about their experiences in the informed consent process.
Intervention: Immediately after giving informed consent for the parent study and before randomization, research subjects will be asked for consent to participate in EQUIC-DP.
The parent-study staff will provide the research subject with privacy and place a call to the coordinating center. Staff (at the EQUIC coordinating center), who will be administering the Brief Informed Consent Evaluation Protocol (BICEP) to the research subject, will introduce themselves. Then, the subject will be interviewed using a BICEP structured assessment questionnaire of approximately 12-20 open ended questions, aimed at determining the success and validity of the informed consent process of the parent study. The results of the interviews will be used to fine-tune and adjust both the process of assessing informed consent in this manner as well as the questionnaire itself.
Primary Hypothesis: Enhancing the Quality of Informed Consent Development Phase (EQUIC-DP) is a pilot and instrument-development study that will be used as the base for a VA Cooperative Studies Program-wide initiative on informed consent, called EQUIC (Enhancing the Quality of Informed Consent). EQUIC-DP has as its primary aim the field testing and iterative improvement of a method for measuring the success of an informed consent encounter with a patient-subject.
Primary Outcomes: The quality of the informed consent process, as measured by the BICEP (Brief Informed Consent Evaluation Protocol). The BICEP also offers a method to certify informed consent in routine use.
Study Abstract: Practitioners of clinical trials have a responsibility to ensure that patients participation in research is informed and voluntary. This implies that we should continuously strive to improve the effectiveness of methods for informing prospective research volunteers about experimental studies, thereby enhancing the likelihood that their interests are respected. Innovations in informed consent should be tested in realistic contexts (i.e., in clinical trials) and when appropriate with randomization at the first opportunity. In this proposed project we take efforts to improve the quality of informed consent, based on experimentation with informed consent in ongoing clinical trials in the VA Cooperative Studies Program. The CSP is uniquely situated to serve as a testing ground for informed consent, not only because of concerns for enhancing consent for human experimentation, but also because of the centralized coordination of wide variety of clinical studies representing an extraordinary range of patient capacities and vulnerabilities. Moreover, such an effort is a special responsibility of the VA given the profound trust placed in the research enterprise by veterans.
VA Medical Center, Birmingham
Department of Veterans Affairs
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:56:17-0400
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Informed consent given by someone other than the patient or research subject.
Informed consent given by a parent on behalf of a minor or otherwise incompetent child.
Groups of persons whose range of options is severely limited, who are frequently subjected to COERCION in their DECISION MAKING, or who may be compromised in their ability to give INFORMED CONSENT.
Voluntary authorization, by a patient or research subject, with full comprehension of the risks involved, for diagnostic or investigative procedures, and for medical and surgical treatment.
Voluntary authorization by a person not of usual legal age for diagnostic or investigative procedures, or for medical and surgical treatment. (from English A, Shaw FE, McCauley MM, Fishbein DB Pediatrics 121:Suppl Jan 2008 pp S85-7).