Posted on May 10, 2019 at 4:00 AM
My latest open peer commentary is in the May 2019 American Journal of Bioethics: “Informed Consent Requires Understanding: Complete Disclosure Is Not Enough.”
I tackle one of the most important yet under-examined issues in bioethics: the relationship between clinician disclosure and non-clinician understanding comprehension.
I extend four questions on this relationship in the research ethics context to address the proper role of comprehension in clinical informed consent.
- Do research subjects understand basic aspects of the studies in which they are enrolled?
- Should we set minimum thresholds for research subject comprehension?
- How and where should we set those minimum thresholds?
- What consequences should we impose when subjects do not meet the minimum thresholds?