Journal article

An evaluation of the informed consent procedure used during a trial of a Haemophilus influenzae type B conjugate vaccine undertaken in The Gambia, West Africa.

A Leach, S Hilton, BM Greenwood, E Manneh, B Dibba, A Wilkins, EK Mulholland

Soc Sci Med | Published : 1999

Abstract

It has recently been debated whether it is possible or desirable to have one internationally recognised standard of "informed consent" or whether research ethics should be adapted to the culture and educational level of the study population. This study examined the attitudes of the Gambian people to consent to medical research, and evaluated the informed consent process used in a major efficacy trial of a Haemophilus influenzae vaccine. Consent was requested after parents had received a verbal explanation and an information sheet which described the vaccine trial in a local language. A semi-structured interview was conducted with 137 acceptors and 52 refusers. Certain points of knowledge wer..

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