A paper has been published by Hugh Davies (Chair, Oxford A NHS Research Ethics Committee) and the members of Oxford A Research Ethics Committee (REC) which includes a model for what the REC considers to be good practice in terms of consent for research participation. The paper proposes that there are four simple steps which consent processes should be built around:
- Step 1: Introducing the study and the choices: helping the potential participants get an overview of the proposal and introducing the key issues.
- Step 2: Explaining all the details of the study using the detailed Participant Information Sheet.
- Step 3: After a gap, if necessary, reviewing and checking understanding.
- Step 4: Reaching agreement and recording consent.
The paper outlines common issues such as information provision to participants, inadequate public involvement, and lack of proportionality.
You can access the paper here.
Remember that RDS offers training in informed consent, as does the National Institute for Health Research. If you are interested in accessing this training, please email Research Ethics.
Template documents are also available via the Health Research Authority website.