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Toward a Construct Definition of Informed Consent Comprehension

Laura D. Buccini, Peter Caputi, Don Iverson and Caroline Jones
Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics: An International Journal
Vol. 4, No. 1 (March 2009), pp. 17-23
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
DOI: 10.1525/jer.2009.4.1.17
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VARIATION IN HOW INFORMED CONSENT comprehension tests have been developed may be largely due to the absence of a standardized construct definition. Developing a construct definition would provide a standardized framework for determining how an instrument should be constructed, implemented, interpreted, and applied. Therefore, we utilized the Delphi consensus approach with an international expert panel (N = 19) to gather knowledge, opinions and eventually consensus for a construct definition. Expert consensus was achieved after three revision cycles. While acknowledging that there are limitations to this study, it nonetheless should be considered as a step toward standardization of a construct definition of informed consent comprehension.

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