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Informed consent in China: quality of information provided to participants in a research project.
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PMID:  15762033     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIMS: A study was carried out of informed consent strategies in an epidemiological project approved by the regional research ethics committees in Sweden and China and conducted in three areas south-west of Shanghai. METHODS: All participants in the epidemiological project (EP) were included in the research ethical study (RES), which was conducted as a questionnaire-based interview survey in the three areas. Answers were collected by five field interviewers. RESULTS: All participants included answered the questionnaire. Almost all perceived the information provided as rather good or quite good. However, a majority (on average 76%) had the impression that the EP was part of routine healthcare measures, and not a research project. Almost all participants felt free to abstain from participation although 38% in area II stated that they had not been informed about freedom to abstain from participation. A large proportion of participants did not fully understand the nature of the EP. However, almost all participants stated that they would agree to participate in a similar study in the future. CONCLUSION: Although informed consent procedures are supposed to be internationally applicable our study illustrates that it is not always easy to convey information and obtain consent in the present study setting.
Niels Lynöe; Mikael Sandlund; Lars Jacobsson; Gunnar Nordberg; Taiyi Jin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian journal of public health     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1403-4948     ISO Abbreviation:  Scand J Public Health     Publication Date:  2004  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-03-14     Completed Date:  2005-03-15     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100883503     Medline TA:  Scand J Public Health     Country:  Sweden    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  472-5     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medical Ethics, Umeå University, 901 85 Umeå, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Epidemiologic Research Design
Ethics, Research*
Informed Consent*
Research Subjects

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