Background-The informed consent procedure plays a central role in randomised controlled trials but has only been explored in a few studies on children.
Aim-To assess the quality of the informed consent process in a paediatric setting.
Methods-A questionnaire was sent to parents who volunteered their child (230 children) for a randomised, double blind, placebo controlled trial of ibuprofen syrup to prevent recurrent febrile seizures.
181 (79%) parents responded.
On average, 73% of parents were aware of the major study characteristics.
A few had difficulty understanding the information provided.
Major factors in parents granting approval were the contribution to clinical science (51%) and benefit to the child (32%). Sociodemographic status did not influence initial participation but west European origin of the father was associated with willingness to participate in future trials. 89% of participants felt positive about the informed consent procedure ; however, 25% stated that they felt obliged to participate.
Although their reasons for granting approval and their evaluation of the informed consent procedure did not differ, relatively more were hesitant about participating in future.
Parents appreciated the investigator being on call 24 hours a day (38%) and the extra medical care and information provided (37%) as advantages of participation.
Disadvantages were mainly the time consuming aspects and the work involved (23%). (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Consentement éclairé, Prise conscience, Parent, Participation, Qualité, Essai thérapeutique contrôlé, Epidémiologie, Evaluation, Méthodologie, Enfant, Homme, Pays Bas, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Informed consent, Awareness, Parent, Participation, Quality, Controlled therapeutic trial, Epidemiology, Evaluation, Methodology, Child, Human, Netherlands, Europe
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0406041
Code Inist : 002B30A01A1. Création : 25/01/1999.