Hazardous Consent Forms

TitleHazardous Consent Forms
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsCassell, J, Weaver, T, Cohen, LM
Corporate AuthorsAmerican Anthropological Association,
PublisherAmerican Anthropological Association
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsANTHROPOLOGY , Human Research Subjects , Informed Consent , institutional review boards , SOCIAL sciences , Vulnerable Populations
AbstractAs part of a long-range investigation of the social and physiological effects of heroin, Jim Sanders, an anthropologist affiliated with a medical school, set up a study of pregnant women and their infants. The medical school Institutional Review Board approved the study, with the requirement that the women sign detailed consent forms indication that they understood the purpose of the study and agreed to take part in it. Two months later when Saunders visited the sites, he discovered that few nurses were using the consent forms; instead, informal undocumented consent was being obtained. What should Saunders do?
NotesFrom the Handbook on Ethical Issues in Anthropology, edited by Joan Cassell and Sue-Ellen Jacobs. A special publication of the American Anthropological Association, number 23. http://www.aaanet.org/publications/Ethicshandbook.cfm
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