MentorHealth to Present Webinar on "Issues With Consent Documents"

Fremont, California (PressExposure) February 12, 2013 -- The enormity of the difficulty of reading and understanding health information can be gauged from the fact that about a third of Americans have a problem in understanding, interpreting and using it. The magnitude of this issue has not gone unnoticed. In fact, it has reached the highest office of the nation -that of the President, necessitating him to sign the Plain Writing Act of 2010. This Act, along with two accompanying executive orders, is about the use of plain language in health information.

Why is it important to use plain language in health information? Because not only is a consent document to be reviewed by an IRB researcher; technical jargon is sure to confuse the lay user. The aim of implementing the use of Plain Language is to bring written consent documents to the 6th to 8th grade level, so that its comprehension and subsequent use become easy. Along with this, this Act suggests other tips to improve the readability and acceptably of a consent document.

This useful webinar will help participants understand the use of simple and plain language and improve written consent documents and consent processes. It will help understand and resolve common issues with consent documents, such as risks section and mandatory language that tend to make reading of these documents heavy.

When: March 27, 10:00 AM PDT | 01:00 PM EDT

By whom:

Sarah Fowler-Dixon, PhD, CIP is Education Specialist and instructor with Washington University School of Medicine. She has developed a comprehensive education program for human subject research which has served as a model for other institutions. She crafted budgets, policies, procedures, reporting, and training for the new program. She has initiated the planning, development, authorship and implementation of many human subjects' research policies, practices, guidelines, and submission and reviewer forms often working with state and federal authorities.

She has provided consultation regarding ethical, federal, state, and institutional requirements for faculty and staff both in the design and execution of their projects and teaches research ethics and regulatory affairs and the fundamentals of research management to graduate and undergraduate students. More recently, she led a task force in the development of the Community Engaged Research Program at Washington University.

Dr. Fowler-Dixon has simultaneously served as an Independent Consultant, providing expertise and creating supplemental educational materials, including a copyrighted workbook.

For whom:

The webinar will benefit:

o Principal Investigators/Sub-investigators
o Clinical Research Scientists (PKs, Biostatisticians,)
o Safety Nurses
o Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) and Coordinators (CRCs)
o Recruiting staff
o QA/QC auditors and staff
o Clinical Research Data managers
o Human Research Protection professionals

Duration: 60 minutes

To enroll for this webinar, contact
Ph: 800-385-1607

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