Readability of Informed Consent Forms for Research in a Veterans Administration Medical Center
Baker, Marilyn T.
Taub, Harvey A.
JAMA. 1983 Nov 18; 250(19): 2646-2648.
The authors examined the effects of changes in federal regulations on the readability level and length of information sheets and consent forms used in biomedical and behavioral research in a Veterans Administration medical center from 1975 through 1982. Their findings suggest that consent documents continue to be too difficult for the average volunteer to comprehend, and that regulations designed to insure informed consent may have made it more difficult to obtain. Baker and Taub suggest further research on comprehension as distinct from recall, and on different, potentially promising informed consent procedures. (KIE abstract)
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