Electronic Consent to Health Research in Canada

Canadian Bar Review; 2012, Vol. 91 Issue 1-3, p. 419-435, 17p

17 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2015 Last revised: 7 Aug 2015

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Emily Kirby

McGill University - Centre for Genomics and Policy

Ma'n H. Zawati

McGill University - Centre of Genomics and Policy

Bartha Knoppers

McGill University - Centre for Genomics and Policy

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

Consent has long been considered as the crystallization of the researcher’s duty to inform research participants. Indeed, providing consent is based on the right of participants to exercise full autonomy in decisions affecting their personal privacy. That being said, as the number of participants recruited in large-scale longitudinal studies – for example – grows, obtaining and maintaining consents will become increasingly onerous and complex. Hence, research studies are gradually using interactive, electronic media for consent procedures – which are seen as more accurate, dynamic and cost-effective. It is unclear, however, how and under what conditions such an approach will satisfy the legal and ethical requirements related to consent to health research in Canada. This article explores how the notion of written consent could be broadened to allow for an electronic consent approach – an approach which holds promise of new efficiency for health research, but that may raise a novel set of ethical, legal and social considerations.

Keywords: Electronic Consent, Health Research, Consent, Research, Ethical considerations, Legal considerations, Social considerations

Suggested Citation

Kirby, Emily and Zawati, Ma'n H. and Knoppers, Bartha, Electronic Consent to Health Research in Canada (2012). Canadian Bar Review; 2012, Vol. 91 Issue 1-3, p. 419-435, 17p, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2634643

Emily Kirby

McGill University - Centre for Genomics and Policy ( email )

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Ma'n H. Zawati (Contact Author)

McGill University - Centre of Genomics and Policy ( email )

740 Dr. Penfield Avenue, Suite 5200
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0G1
Canada

Bartha Knoppers

McGill University - Centre for Genomics and Policy ( email )

740 Dr. Penfield Avenue, Suite 5200
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0G1
Canada

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