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The quality of consent form structure in biomedical research: a study from Jordan and Sudan

Authors Ibrahim MA, Alshogran OY, Khabour OF, Alzoubi KH

Received 13 June 2019

Accepted for publication 20 August 2019

Published 2 September 2019 Volume 2019:12 Pages 727—731


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 4

Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Mariam Abbas Ibrahim,1 Osama Y Alshogran,2 Omar F Khabour,3 Karem H Alzoubi2

1Department of Clinical Chemistry, Sudan University of Science and Technology, Khartoum, Sudan; 2Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid 22110, Jordan; 3Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid 22110, Jordan

Correspondence: Omar F Khabour
Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, Jordan University of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 3030, Irbid 22110, Jordan
Tel +962 655 730 6579

Background: Informed consent is one of the primary standards of ethical clinical research. This study assessed the quality of the informed consent forms (ICF) utilized in medical research conducted in Sudan and Jordan.
Subjects and methods: A total of 435 studies that were performed at health sciences schools in Jordan and Sudan were initially screened for the presence of ICF. Of these, 189 studies were reviewed for the major components of ICF using a standard checklist.
Results: The majority of the reviewed ICFs did not achieve the full standards of the universal guidelines for the informed consent structure. The following elements were described in >50% of consent forms reviewed from both countries: study title, objectives, research investigators, description of study procedure, and confidentiality. Other essential elements such as duration of the subject’s participation, risks/benefits, compensation, voluntary participation, and contact information were poorly described.
Conclusion: The major elements of ICFs were not adequately described in medical research studies from Jordan and Sudan. Improved understanding of major elements of ICF among researchers in the examined countries is necessary. Clear and informative consent template can be very valuable in this perspective.

Keywords: informed consent form, human research, medical sciences, Sudan, Jordan

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