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Information and informed consent in a longitudinal screening involving children: a questionnaire survey
Linköping University, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Pediatrics. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Centre for Bioethics at Karolinska Institutet & Uppsala University, Uppsala Science Park, Uppsala, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Department of Health and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
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2005 (English)In: European Journal of Human Genetics, ISSN 1018-4813, E-ISSN 1476-5438, Vol. 13, no 3, 376-383 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This empirical study explores participants' perceptions of information and understanding of their children's and their own involvement in a longitudinal screening, the ABIS Study. ABIS (All Babies In Southeast Sweden) is a multicentre, longitudinal research screening for Type 1 diabetes and multifactorial diseases involving 17 005 children and their families. For this study, a random selection of mothers was made, using perinatal questionnaire serial numbers from the ABIS study. In total, 293 of these mothers completed an anonymous questionnaire (response rate 73.3%). Our findings from the questionnaire indicate a marked difference between the reported satisfaction with and understanding of the information provided on the one hand and the significant lack of knowledge of some of the aims and methods of the ABIS screening on the other, namely concerning high-risk identification of involved children, potential prevention and future questionnaires. Two questions evoked by our results are: (1) what information is required for participants in longitudinal studies involving children? and (2) how do we ensure and sustain understanding, and thus in a prolonging, informed consent in these studies? This study underlines the importance of an increased understanding of the ethical issues that longitudinal research on children raise and the need to discuss how information and informed consent strategies should be analysed and designed in longitudinal studies.

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2005. Vol. 13, no 3, 376-383 p.
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longitudinal studies, informed consent, empirical ethics, children, research ethics
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-24565DOI: 10.1038/sj.ejhg.5201336Local ID: 6732OAI: diva2:244886
Available from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-10-07 Last updated: 2012-09-24Bibliographically approved

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