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Check it Out! Episode 6

New and improved informed consent templates from the Health Sciences IRB

As every researcher knows, informed consent documents can be confusing and often difficult for participants to understand. It has been our privilege to collaborate with the Health Sciences IRB Informed Consent Working Group (ICWG) over the past two years as they have worked doggedly to improve the informed consent process for both researchers and research participants. As part of this effort, members of the ICWG participated in five CARDS® meetings to get detailed feedback from our Community Advisors on consent form wording, formatting, the best order to present information, and much more! The IRB recently unveiled new consent form templates and updated guidance on additional model language. For more information on these exciting changes, check out the IRB newsletter here.