New project publication featured in BMC Medical Ethics journal

Providing understandable information to patients is necessary to achieve the aims of the Informed Consent process. In recent decades, new, primarily digital technologies have been used to apply and test innovative formats of Informed Consent. Now, the project offers an overview of the impact of this applications on the article Digital tools in the informed consent process: a systematic review.

The i-CONSENT team members, lead by LUMSA, FISABIO, OPBG and AND-CG, conducted a systematic review to explore the impact of using digital tools for Informed Consent in both clinical research and in clinical practice. Understanding, satisfaction and participation were compared for digital tools versus the non-digital Informed Consent proces.

To perform the systematic review, the team searched for studies on available electronic databases, including Pubmed, EMBASE, and Cochrane. In this sense, studies were identified using specific Mesh-terms/keywords (published from January 2012 to October 2020). In addition, digital interventions were defined as interventions that used multimedia or audio–video to provide information to patients. To finish, the research team classified the interventions into 3 different categories: video only, non-interactive multimedia, and interactive multimedia.

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