Design and validation of two instruments to analyze and evaluate the formal quality in the informed consent process of clinical trials with medicinal products
Andrea G. Jaramillo Vélez, Margarita Aguas Compaired, Montserrat Granados Plaza, Eduardo L. Mariño, Pilar Modamio
Farmacia Hospitalaria, 16 March 2023
The activity of sponsors and Ethics Committees for Research with medicines has increased in recent years. The objective was to design and validate 2 instruments to analyze and evaluate the formal quality of the patient information sheet and the informed consent form of clinical trials with drugs, in accordance with the legislation.
Design (Guideline for good clinical practice and European and Spanish regulations); validation (Delphi method and expert consensus: concordance ≥ 80%); reliability (inter-observer method, Kappa index). 40 patient information sheets/informed consent forms were evaluated.
Very good concordance was obtained in both checklists (k ≥ 0.81, p b 0.001). The ﬁnal versions consisted of checklist-patient information sheet: 5 sections, 16 items and 46 sub-items; and checklist-informed consent form: 11 items.
The instruments developed are valid, reliable and facilitate the analysis, evaluation, and decision-making on the patient information sheets/informed consent forms of clinical trials with drugs.
Editor’s note: This is a Spanish language publication. Farmacia Hospitalaria is a publication of the Spanish Hospital Pharmacy Society.