Informed Consent for Research in the Emergency Department

Until now research dealing with the consent process in the ED has focused on patients who are too critically ill to be able themselves to consent to research participation. Our work is designed to examine basic questions about what happens when patients are approached to participate in research in the ED and are able to actively participate in that decision making process. By generating and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data from research participants, our study will help us understand how the unique circumstances surrounding ED visits affect the process of informing consent for research in the ED. It is hoped that the information gleaned will provide the ground work for exploring the informed consent process in more difficult ED research studies such as those involving primarily indigent populations, non-English speaking participants and the seriously ill.

This research is supported in part by:

Research Programs Committee of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation

For more information contact:

Dr. Carmen Paradis, M.D.

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