Emergency Consent: Patients' and Surrogates' Perspectives on Consent for Clinical Trials in Acute Stroke and Myocardial Infarction.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

Background Emergent informed consent for clinical trials in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and stroke is challenging. The role and value of consent are controversial, and insufficient data exist regarding patients' and surrogates' experiences. Methods and Results We conducted structured interviews with patients (or surrogates) enrolled in AMI or acute stroke trials at 6 sites between 2011 and 2016. Primary domains included trial recall, consent experiences, and preferences regarding involvement. Descriptive and test statistics were used to characterize responses and explore relationships between key domains and characteristics. Multivariable logistic regression was used to examine associations between key covariates and consent preferences. There were 176 (84 stroke, 92 AMI) completed interviews. Most stroke respondents (82%) were surrogates; all AMI respondents were patients. Average time from trial enrollment to interview was 1.9 years (stroke) and 2.8 years (AMI); 89% of stroke and 62% of AMI respondents remembered being in the trial, and among these respondents, 80% (stroke) and 44% (AMI) remembered reading some of the consent form. Over 90% reported not feeling pressure to enroll, being treated in a caring way, and being treated with dignity. A minority (16% stroke and 26% AMI) reported they would have preferred not to be asked for consent. Just over half (61% stroke and 53% AMI) recalled a postenrollment conversation about the study. Conclusions Most respondents felt they were treated respectfully and were glad they had been asked for consent. Trial recall was relatively low, and many respondents recalled little postenrollment discussion. Further development of context-sensitive approaches to consent is important.

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Cited Authors

  • Dickert, NW; Scicluna, VM; Adeoye, O; Angiolillo, DJ; Blankenship, JC; Devireddy, CM; Frankel, MR; Goldkind, SF; Kumar, G; Ko, Y-A; Mitchell, AR; Nogueria, RG; Parker, RM; Patel, MR; Riedford, M; Silbergleit, R; Speight, CD; Spokoyny, I; Weinfurt, KP; Pentz, RD

Published Date

  • January 22, 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 2

Start / End Page

  • e010905 -

PubMed ID

  • 30663498

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6497349

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2047-9980

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1161/JAHA.118.010905


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England