Posted by:Ranjani Rao October 12th, 2016

This blog is a quick tutorial for creating Consent Document for a ResearchKit based study app.

  • ResearchKit allows you to develop a Consent document for your study app with a few building blocks.

  • There are different Consent sections you can choose to have therein.

  • ResearchKit provides some default consent sections that you can re-use with your own content filled in.

  • You can also create a custom section.

  • Each consent section will have an image, a title, a 1-2 line summary and an elaborated version of the same.

  • The elaborated version (let’s call it description) is hidden under the ‘Learn More’ section of the screen for each Consent section on the mobile app.

  • The image and titles are pre-populated for ResearchKit’s default consent sections but you need to define everything for a Custom section.

  • Once you have created the Consent sections, you can choose which of them must be displayed on-screen to mobile app users thereby marking it as ‘Visual Step’

  • You can also choose the order in which the Consent sections must appear.

  • Typically, in a study app, these Consent section screens are followed by a Review screen where you would present the detailed terms of Consent (or Consent Document) to the user and ask them to Agree or Disagree to the same.

  • The Review screen can be created in 2 ways:

    • You can choose to concatenate all the Consent sections to create the Consent Document. This picks up the title and description part from each Consent section.

    • You can choose to create your own HTML for the same and use that instead.

  • The Review step is followed by asking users to provide the first name, last name and signature as part of e-consent on your app.

  • The content of the Review screen appended with the first name, last name, signature as captured from the user, and the date, together forms the Consent Document.

  • You can provide an option for people to view or email this Consent document as a PDF as well. The PDF will have the signature superimposed on it.

  • Note that if you have chosen to create the Consent Document using HTML, the name-signature-date part cannot be captured as part of the Consent PDF.

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