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"Teach-to-Goal" to Better Assess Informed Consent Comprehension among Incarcerated Clinical Research Participants.

  • Author(s): Ahalt, Cyrus
  • Sudore, Rebecca
  • Bolano, Marielle
  • Metzger, Lia
  • Darby, Anna M
  • Williams, Brie
  • et al.
Abstract

Correctional health research requires important safeguards to ensure that research participation is ethically conducted. In addition to having disproportionately low educational attainment and low literacy, incarcerated people suffer from health-related conditions that can affect cognition (e.g., traumatic brain injury, substance use disorders, mental illness). Yet modified informed consent processes that assess participants' comprehension of the risks and benefits of participation are not required by relevant federal guidelines. A push to assess comprehension of informed consent documents is particularly timely given an increase in demand for correctional health research in the context of criminal justice reform. We argue that comprehension assessments can identify persons who should be excluded from research and help those who will ultimately participate in studies better understand the risks and benefits of their participation.

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