Journal article

Putting the 'informed' into 'consent': A matter of plain language

JB Green, RE Duncan, GL Barnes, F Oberklaid

JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING ASIA | Published : 2003

Abstract

Health professionals frequently write at the same level for lay readers as they write for peers. In relation to health research and ethical requirements to provide written explanation of studies, this can complicate the notion of informed consent. Plain language information statements need to be clearly understood by research subjects if the ethics process for research approval is to fulfil its objective. Many delays in gaining ethics approval for child-related research are caused by substandard plain language statements (PLS). We describe specific issues for information statements for research with children, young people and their parents/guardians, particularly in consideration of the lite..

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