Informed consent and clinical trials: how to deal with vulnerable populations

Posted: Apr 02, 2014
Whitehall Training. 2014 Apr 02.


This document provides research team members with succinct and practical information for creating informed consent documents and participating in the informed consent process. Special attention is paid to the rules that apply to vulnerable patients, including minors, 'mentally incompetent' patients, patients who cannot read or write, and consenting incapacitated patients. Four scenarios are described, each with questions and answers. 


  • The Power Point file contains simple instructions for using the Flesch readability score function in MS Word.
  • The documents are produced by Whitehall Training in the UK.