Education Level, Primary Language, and Comprehension of the Informed Consent Process
Breese, Peter E.
Burman, William J.
Weis, Stephen E.
Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics 2007 December; 2(4): 69-79
TO OBTAIN INFORMATION ON HOW PERSONS from diverse backgrounds experience the informed consent process, we surveyed adults with a wide variety of educational levels and different primary languages (English, Spanish, or Vietnamese) who had recently enrolled in a study requiring written informed consent. Of the 100 participants, 62 were non-White, 43 had less than a high school education, and 60 had a primary language other than English. The median score for comprehension was 62% (IQR 50?76%); the median satisfaction score was 86% (IQR 71?100%). In multivariate analysis, only educational level was significantly associated with comprehension and satisfaction with the informed consent process (p
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