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"The elderly won't use it or be able to understand the technology."
"Children won't be able to use it without a parent/caregiver."
"Participants won't understand the consent form on an electronic device."
These are all myths! Yes, the technology adds an element that some may need to learn, but paper requires the same learning. In fact, when looking at a paper consent form, there may be more than 20 pages that a participant needs to read in order to consent to participate in the trial. This may be daunting and encourage the participant to drop out of the study before even entering it. With eConsent, the informed consent is built to educate the participant, rather than providing them with lots of information that they can't comprehend. eConsent contains a glossary of terms, videos, pictures, and even built-in quizzes to assess a participant's knowledge as they work through the consent. This interactive user face is much easier for participants, especially the elderly. They can increase the font size, adjust the brightness of the screen, whereas paper doesn't give them options, and therefore requires them to do a lot more work to comprehend the information.
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Jackie Brusch is the Content Marketing Manager at CRF Health.More Content by Jackie Brusch