The Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics has been received one of 50 pilot project awards by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study stakeholder views of streamlined informed consent options for comparative effectiveness research (CER) studies.
"We are so pleased that questions of informed consent will be included in these PCORI pilot projects," says Nancy Kass, ScD, co-principal investigator on the project and Deputy Director for Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. "Traditional informed consent has been a barrier to routinely making patient-centered research part of clinical practice. Our project will capture the views of patients, doctors, researchers and other stakeholders about what types of information or formal consent make sense to them," Kass says.
The $653,344 award will support three daylong deliberative engagement sessions with diverse stakeholders, including patients, clinicians, institutional review board members, PCOR researchers and health care administrators. After obtaining and characterizing their viewpoints, the project aims to identify the least burdensome, ethically acceptable strategies for consent, disclosure and authorization for prospective PCOR studies, both observational and randomized clinical trials.
"It is a testament to the commitments of PCORI that awards to identify best practices for patient-centered research will now include a project examining best practices for informed consent," says Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH, co-principal investigator and Director of the Berman Institute.