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Do Patients Participating In Oncology Clinical Trials Understand the Informed Consent Form?

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Andrew Sch umacher, Brown University Identifier:
First received: January 14, 2013
Last updated: January 26, 2015
Last verified: December 2014
The purpose of this study is to assess patients' understanding of clinical trials and to help researchers understand which areas of the informed consent need better explanation for future cancer clinical trial patients.

Condition Intervention
Cancer Oncology Problem Behavioral: Questionnaire

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: BrUOG 274: Do Patients Participating In Oncology Clinical Trials Understand the Informed Consent Form?

Further study details as provided by Andrew Sch umacher, Brown University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Understanding of all elements of informed consent via questionnaire [ Time Frame: 1 month ]
    Comprehension of the important elements of the informed consent forms using questionnaire

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Patient comprehension [ Time Frame: every 6 months, up to 1 year ]
    Effectors of patient comprehension using questionnaire

Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: March 2012
Study Completion Date: November 2014
Primary Completion Date: November 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Patients will be asked by a member of the research team if they would like to participate in this study evaluating patients' comprehension of the informed consent for the oncology treatment study that they are participating in. Patients will be consented and will be told that, at their next clinical visit, they will be given the questionnaire to complete. They will be given the option to complete the questionnaire on site after being given the document or have the ability to mail the completed questionnaire into the research office once completed. If the questionnaire is not returned within 2-weeks, the participant will be approached again during their normal clinical visit and asked if they still wish to participate in this study.
Behavioral: Questionnaire
All patients entering on this trial will have been enrolled on an oncology clinical trial and are receiving active anti-cancer treatment on that study.

Detailed Description:

Obtaining informed consent as part of a clinical study is a cornerstone of current day medical ethics; however, this has not always been the case. The development of the informed consent has been necessitated out of abuses committed in the name of medicine.

Informed consents have become increasing lengthy and complex. It is not unusual for an Oncology Clinical Research informed consent to be greater than 20 pages. Investigators will utilize the QuIC-A survey to evaluate patient understanding of the basic elements of informed consent required by federal regulations. The QuIC-A survey has been condensed from 20 questions to 14 questions by eliminating the 6 phase specific questions. The remaining 14 questions are designed irrespective of phase and address the basic elements of informed consent.

Investigators hypothesize that as informed consents have become more lengthy and complicated, in part due to required regulatory language and legal clauses inserted to protect the institution performing research, patient comprehension of the basic elements of informed consent has been hindered.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Cancer clinic

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients > 18 years of age
  • Patients are receiving active treatment on an oncology clinical trial that utilizes chemotherapy, radiation, targeted agents, biologic therapy or hormonal therapy
  • Patients must have been consented in English to an oncology treatment clinical study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Not meeting all eligibility criteria
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01772511

United States, Rhode Island
Rhode Island Hospital
Providence, Rhode Island, United States, 02903
The Miriam Hospital
Providence, Rhode Island, United States, 02906
Sponsors and Collaborators
Andrew Sch umacher
Principal Investigator: Andrew Schumacher Brown University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Andrew Sch umacher, Principal Investigator, Brown University Identifier: NCT01772511     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 274
Study First Received: January 14, 2013
Last Updated: January 26, 2015

Keywords provided by Andrew Sch umacher, Brown University:
prior therapy
prior study volunteer
prior study patient

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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