[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
February 3, 2015

Digital Multimedia: A New Approach for Informed Consent?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor
  • 2Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor
JAMA. 2015;313(5):463-464. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.17122

The bioethical principle of respect for persons requires that individuals participating in research studies are provided with sufficient information to allow them to make autonomous and informed decisions. In general, the process of informed consent requires that investigators disclose pertinent information regarding procedures to be performed, risks, and benefits, etc, in a manner that participants can understand. In most cases, this information is reinforced by having the study participant or parent/guardian read a consent document, which is then signed to authorize participation.