Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Patients should understand consent forms. How can we educate them?

Patient compliance forms are a part of every aspect of medical care.  However, do patients really understand what they're signing? At the Media Health Leaders blog, Jeffrey Driver wrote a post over four years ago about how patient consent is a constant problem at Stanford. Instead of discussing the medical risks with doctors prior to signing their consent forms, they were able to sit in the comfort of their own home and go through a digital consent form better explaining the risks, complications and procedures of the processes. This lead to a drastic decline in the number of malpractice suits that were brought against the hospital because patients had a greater knowledge of what what was a complication versus an error. When patients understand what is happening in their procedure, they're more likely to be involved in their care and understand how their body is reacting to a procedure.

Can clinical trials benefit from an informed consent process like this?  How can fully informing your patients - and confirming that they have fully understood the risks, the procedures and how it is planned to affect their body -- create for a better clinical trial experience.  Could this also increase the retention of patients throughout clinical trials?

This April at Partnerships in Clinical Trials, the full day workshop Patient-Centered Clinical Trials will focus on how to work with patients to increase their involvement and continued participation  in clinical trials.  Chris Zizzamia, Clinical Programs, Shire will also be focusing specifically on how to simplify & improve the informed consent process.  For more information on the event, sign up to receive updates about the Partnerships in Clinical Trials event.  If you'd like to join us April 22-24, 2013 in Orlando, register today and mention code XP1800BLOG to save 15% off the standard rate!

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