Cognitive Testing of an Electronic Consent Platform: Researcher Perspectives

Cognitive Testing of an Electronic Consent Platform: Researcher Perspectives
Daniel Robins, Rachel Brody, Irena Parvanova, Joseph Finkelstein
Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 15 December 2021; 284 pp 457-462
Abstract
This study focuses on feedback from domain experts to assess usability and acceptance of the E-Consent electronic consent platform. Quantitative and qualitative data were captured throughout the usability inspection, which was structured around a cognitive walkthrough with heuristics evaluation. Additional surveys measured biobanking knowledge and attitudes and familiarity with informed consent. A semi-structured qualitative interview captured open-ended feedback. 23 researchers of various ages and job titles were included for analysis. The System Usability Scale (SUS) provided a standardized reference for usability and satisfaction, and the mean result of 86.7 corresponds with an ‘above average’ usability rating in the >90th percentile. Overall, participants believe that electronic consenting using this platform will be faster than previous workflows while enhancing patient understanding, and human rapport is still a key component of the consent process. Expert review has provided valuable insight and actionable information that will be used to further enhance this maturing platform.

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