Ethics. Research. Community.

Informed Consent: A Matter of Aspiration Since 1966 (At Least)

This blog post made available by the American Journal of Bioethics. You can read this editorial and accompanying articles here.

by Sarah Wieten, Ph.D., Jacob Blythe, MA, & David Magnus, Ph.D.

In their target article, Beskow and Weinfurt investigate a lack of understanding by research participants about central concepts in biobanking and disagreement among experts about what this lack of understanding means for informed consent.

Beskow and Weinfurt designed and carried out “a national online survey in which participants were randomized to receive either the simplified or traditional consent form … After reading the form, participants completed the comprehension quiz.…

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