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  1. Emergency medicine research consent form readability assessment.

    Article, Communication - En anglais

    Society for Academic Emergency Medecine Annual Meeting. Denver, Colorado (USA), 1996/11/12.

    Study objective 

    To determine the level of education necessary to understand informed consent documents used to enroll subjects in emergency medicine research.


    The directors of 96 accredited emergency medicine residency programs were asked to provide copies of research consent forms approved for patient enrollment at their facilities.

    A computer program was used to evaluate the readability of the documents submitted.

    The consent forms were stratified by degree of risk to the subject and compared with the use of ANOVA and the Kruskal-Wallis test.


    Ninety-four informed consent documents were received from 45 program directors.

    After exclusion of 6 forms, 88 were analyzed using the software program RightWriter 5.0. The mean readability index (years of education needed to understand the content) was 10.

    The length and complexity of the consent forms increased as risk to the subject increased (P=03).


    Informed consent documents used in emergency medicine research may be too complex for the average patient to understand.

    A positive correlation exists between protocol risk and consent form complexity.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Service hospitalier, Urgence, Document, Information, Niveau étude, Compréhension, Evaluation, Homme, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Service urgence

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Hospital ward, Emergency, Document, Information, Education level, Comprehension, Evaluation, Human, United States, North America, America, Emergency departement

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0264553

    Code Inist : 002B27B14C. Création : 11/06/1997.