The role of effective communication in achieving informed consent for clinical trials
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The role of effective communication in achieving informed consent for clinical trials

Andrew Pick Research charge nurse, Bradford Institute for Health Research, Head and Neck Cancer Research, Bradford Royal Infirmary, Bradford
Kayleigh Gilbert Research administrator, Bradford Institute for Health Research, Bradford
James McCaul Consultant maxillofacial/head and neck surgeon, Bradford Institute for Health Research, Bradford

Informed consent is fundamental to the protection of the rights, safety and wellbeing of patients in clinical research. For consent to be valid, patients must first be given all the information they need about the proposed research to be able to decide whether they would like to take part. This material should be presented in a way that is easy for them to understand. This article explores the importance of communication in clinical research, and how more effective communication with patients during the informed consent process can ensure they are fully informed.

Nursing Standard. 29, 10,45-48. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.10.45.e9443

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 04 August 2014

Accepted: 28 August 2014