Informed Consent Background

Learning Objectives

Students should be able to:

1. Define and discuss informed consent.

2. Understand the content and purpose of informed consent procedures.

3. Understand the philosophical underpinnings of informed consent.

4.  Explain how and why informed consent has developed historically.

5.  Identify major informed consent regulations.

6.  Explain how the informed consent process should differ among populations of research participants, for example, children or the mentally disabled.


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Ethically Sound Episodes

The Bioethics Commission has launched a new podcast series entitled Ethically Sound.  

Each podcast is playable direct online from the link(s) below or from SoundCloud, iTunes or the Ethically Sound Playlist on Youtube.  Follow the hashtag #EthicallySound for launch announcements.

Safeguarding Children

Ethics and Ebola

Anticipate and Communicate

Privacy & Progress

Gray Matters

New Directions

Moral Science

Ethically Impossible

Bioethics for Every Generation

Charting a Path Forward

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