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Public Health Genomics. 2017;20(4):235-246. doi: 10.1159/000481359. Epub 2017 Oct 26.

Online Education and e-Consent for GeneScreen, a Preventive Genomic Screening Study.

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Department of Social Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Online study recruitment is increasingly popular, but we know little about the decision making that goes into joining studies in this manner. In GeneScreen, a genomic screening study that utilized online education and consent, we investigated participants' perceived ease when deciding to join and their understanding of key study features.

METHODS:

Individuals were recruited via mailings that directed them to a website where they could learn more about GeneScreen, consent to participate, and complete a survey.

RESULTS:

Participants found it easy to decide to join GeneScreen and had a good understanding of study features. Multiple regression analyses revealed that ease of deciding to join was related to confidence in one's genetic self-efficacy, limited concerns about genetic screening, trust in and lack of frustration using the website, and the ability to spend a limited time on the website. Understanding of study features was related to using the Internet more frequently and attaining more information about GeneScreen conditions.

CONCLUSIONS:

The ease of deciding to join a genomic screening study and comprehension of its key features should be treated as different phenomena in research and practice. There is a need for a more nuanced understanding of how individuals respond to web-based consent information.

KEYWORDS:

Electronic consent; Genetic research; Genetic screening; Informed consent

PMID:
29069655
PMCID:
PMC5698149
DOI:
10.1159/000481359
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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