Human Research Protection Program Educational Forum: Understanding the Assent Process

Thursday, June 10, 2021 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Assenting children for research is a complex process that involves ensuring an understanding of what they are agreeing to while limiting coercion from adults. Since children are considered a vulnerable population, protections must be put in place to present research in language they understand, while also determining their capacity to comprehend it. Parental and guardian permission to allow children to participate in research is determined by the level of research being studied and further protects the rights of children in research.

Objectives of this session, presented by Amy Vierhile, DNP, RN, PPCNP-BC, Senior Nurse Practitioner in the Department of Neurology, include:

  • Develop assent documents utilizing the necessary components of the consenting process and language children can understand
  • Understand the rights of children as research participants
  • Determine children's capacity for understanding research

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