Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. R. Wayne Fuqua
Dr. Amy Naugle
Dr. C. Richard Spates
Informed consent, participant protections, ethics
Masters Thesis-Open Access
Several studies have shown that research participants who have consented to participate in a study often have limited comprehension of the information presented in the informed consent process. This study compared performance on an end-of-study consent document information retention measure between a read-and-sign consent procedure control group and an enhanced consent procedure experimental group. The enhanced consent procedure consisted of a pre-consent educational module and a question-and-answer style consent document. The control group scored an average of 78.7% correct on the multiple-choice question measure of participant retention of information contained within the consent documents. The experimental group scored an average of 92.3% on that measure, a statistically significant difference. These findings suggest that participants who experienced the enhanced consent procedure retain more information from the consent documents than those who experienced the typical consent procedure. A more highly informed participant pool may fulfill some of aspirational and ethical goals of our field but the side effects of reaching that goal are unknown.
Reynolds, Michael N., "Promoting Understanding of Informed Consent" (2012). Masters Theses. 75.