Parental perceptions and attitudes about informed consent in clinical research involving children

Harth S.C. and Thong Y.H. (1995) Parental perceptions and attitudes about informed consent in clinical research involving children. Social Science and Medicine, 40 11: 1573-1577. doi:10.1016/0277-9536(94)00412-M


Author Harth S.C.
Thong Y.H.
Title Parental perceptions and attitudes about informed consent in clinical research involving children
Journal name Social Science and Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0277-9536
Publication date 1995
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/0277-9536(94)00412-M
Volume 40
Issue 11
Start page 1573
End page 1577
Total pages 5
Subject 3306 Health (social science)
2002 Cultural Studies
2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
3207 Social Psychology
3303 Development
Abstract We interviewed 64 parents by questionnaire after completion of a clinial trial involving their children for their perceptions and attitudes about informed consent. The results show that only a small minority realised that drug trials are designed to assess not only efficacy but safety as well. More worrisome was the majority of parents who felt that drug trials conducted by hospitals are of no or low risks. Moreover, a significant minority offered the view that the strict informed consent procedures we followed were unnecessary because they would do what the doctor advised. Even more worrisome was the small percentage of parents who realised that a signed consent form was primarily meant to protect their rights, and only one-third of the parents knew of their right to withdraw their child unconditionally from the trial at any time. These findings suggest that there may be significant attitudinal barriers to parental understanding of the informed consent process.
Keyword clinical research
informed consent
minors
proxy consent
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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