Collecting Biospecimens and Obtaining Biobank Consent From Patients in an Academic Health Care Setting

Collecting Biospecimens and Obtaining Biobank Consent From Patients in an Academic Health Care Setting
T.J. Kasperbauer, Amy Waltz, Brenda Hudson, Bridget Hawryluk, Courtney Moore, Karen Schmidt,
Peter H. Schwartz
Academic Medicine, 14 September 2021
Abstract
Academic health centers and health systems increasingly ask patients to enroll in research biobanks as part of standard care, raising important practical and ethical questions for integrating biobank consent processes into health care settings. This article aims to assist academic health centers and health systems considering implementing these integrated consent processes by outlining the 5 main issues—and the key practical and ethical considerations for each issue—that Indiana University Health and the Indiana Biobank faced when integrating biobank consent into their health system, as well as the key obstacles encountered. The 5 main issues to consider include the specimen to collect (leftover, new collection, or add-ons to clinical tests), whether to use opt-in or opt-out consent, where to approach patients, how to effectively use digital tools for consent, and how to appropriately simplify consent information.

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