Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. R. Wayne Fuqua

Second Advisor

Dr. Amy Naugle

Third Advisor

Dr. C. Richard Spates

Access Setting

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.

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