Informed Consent - Required Components (updated 12.2.10)
Sample Informed Consent - Unsigned (updated 12.2.10)
Sample Parental Consent
Sample Child Assent - Short (updated 12.2.10)
Sample Child Assent - Long (updated 12.2.10)
Telephone Script (updated 12.2.10)
Statement of Confidentiality / Information Sheet (for studies NOT using signed consent forms)
Sample Informed Consent - Focus Groups (updated 12.20.10)
REMEMBER: if the subject is under the age of 18, parental consent is required. This includes college students under the age of 18.
Informed consent is one of the primary ethical requirements underlying human subjects research, reflecting the principle of respect for potential subjects. Informed consent assures that prospective human subjects understand the nature of the research and can decide knowledgeably and voluntarily whether or not to participate. This provides assurance protecting all parties involved, as investigators can face legal penalties without it.
INFORMATION FOR INVESTIGATORS: Guidelines for Constructing a Consent Form
- Replace technical terms with ordinary language
- Write in the second person, "You," -- for example: "You are invited to participate in a research project. You will be asked to..."
- Do not make coercive statements such as "you understand that... you have been told that..."
- Use active tense rather than passive tense verbs ("We did" rather than "It was done")
- Write short sentences, and generally be concise
- Use headings for paragraphs
- Allow adequate white space
- Avoid fine print