The Translational Research Institute (TRI), the Center for Health Literacy, and the IRB have collaborated to develop Plain-Language Consent Templates on a 5th to 6th grade reading level to improve participants’ comprehension of research procedures.
Consent forms often have complex sentence structure and use vocabulary that make it difficult for the average adult to understand. Using a Plain-Language Consent can improve a participant’s ability to understand study procedures they are consenting for without compromising the content of the consent.
You can find these Plain-Language Consent Templates here.
This week KARK 4 aired an interview about UAMS/TRI’s ARresearch.org. Anna Huff (photo, left), discussed her participation in research and the benefits of her experience. Both Huff and Jean McSweeney, Ph.D., explained how joining the ARresearch.org registry of research volunteers benefits all Arkansans and noted the need for diversity in research participation. By joining the registry, people may be contacted by UAMS about research that matches their health interest areas.