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Informed consent for next-generation nucleotide sequencing studies: Aiding communication between participants and investigators.


ABSTRACT: Obtaining informed consent from prospective participants for research studies that include next-generation nucleotide sequencing (NGS) presents significant challenges because of the need to explain all the potential implications of participating, including the possible return of "incidental" findings, in easy-to-understand language.After reviewing the consent processes at other institutions, we decided to supplement the protocol-specific informed consent form with the following: (1) a short pamphlet for the prospective participant that includes a series of questions that she or he is encouraged to ask the investigator, and (2) a more detailed companion guide for investigators to help them develop simple-language answers to the questions. Both documents are available to use or modify.We propose an approach to obtaining informed consent for NGS studies that encourages discussion of key issues without creating a complex, comprehensive document for participants; it also maximizes investigator flexibility. We also suggest mechanisms to return restricted information to participants.

SUBMITTER: Kost RG 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC5471895 | BioStudies | 2017-01-01

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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