Friday, 26 August 2016

Consent Support Tool published!

We have published the Consent Support Tool, a practical resource designed to help health researchers seek informed consent from people with communication disorders. The tool provides a communication screening test, which researchers can use to identify potential participants’ communication needs. The tool then directs researchers to use specific strategies to support individuals to understand information about research studies and express themselves during the informed consent process. The Consent Support Tool has been used to enable the inclusion of patients with communication disorders in several NIHR-funded research studies since 2009 and its use has been approved by NHS Research Ethics Committees. Over 180 health professional and researchers have received training in how to use the tool.

A paper we published on our evaluation of the Consent Support Tool is available here:

Written by Mark Jayes and Dr Rebecca Palmer

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