Study of Awareness and Practice of Informed Consent Process Among Clinical Trial Participants and Their Motives Behind Participation

Study of Awareness and Practice of Informed Consent Process Among Clinical Trial Participants and Their Motives Behind Participation
Research Article
Rajesh Ranjan, Nidhi B. Agarwal, Prem Kapur, Amit Marwah, Rizwana Parveen
Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, 3 November 2019
Abstract
Process to obtain informed consent is an essential component in research involving human subjects. However, much is not known about the level of awareness participants have about optimal consenting process and the motives that drive their participation in the trials. A cross-sectional study was conducted among volunteers who had been participating in clinical trials in contract research organizations of Delhi. Validated questionnaires were used to assess their knowledge, attitude, and practice of informed consent process. Most of the volunteers, 226 (56.5%), had participated in 1 to 3 clinical trials. Majority (54%) were unaware about any informed consent document. None of them were aware of their right of profession competence, privacy and integrity, transparency, nonexploitation, and nonusage of their biological samples. Effective implementation of principles of informed consenting is largely lacking among contract research organizations in Delhi, India. This could potentially cause risk to the participants.

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