Yukari Schneider, Maria Adela Grando, Jihad S. Obeid and Wajeeh Bajwa

12 Electronic media for engaging patients in the research consent decision process

Abstract: Informed consent has long been one of the central ethical tenets in human subjects’ research, and it remains a complex challenge for investigators and regulatory authorities today. Those difficulties include meeting the ethical principles outlined in the Belmont Report (respect for persons, beneficence and justice) while simultaneously creating an effective consent process that is informative, non-coercive and comprehensible to every potential research subject. Given rapid technological advances and the omnipresent internet in today’s world, the use of electronic mechanisms to obtain ...

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