Making Informed Consent an Informed Choice: Training Modules for Health Care Leaders and Professionals

Posted: Jan 25, 2017
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality . 2017 Jan.
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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed two interactive training modules that teach clear, comprehensive, engaging communication strategies that hospitals and teams can use to ensure people understand the benefits, harms, alternatives, and options in the informed consent process. Although not designed specifically for clinical trials, the information is relevant to engaging potential clinical trial participants in the informed consent discussion.

AHRQ has also developed an implementation guide for trainers using a quality improvement approach. 


  • Two training versions are available, one for hospital level improvements and the other for health care professionals. The latter version teaches 10 strategies for communicating clearly, presenting choices, and helping individuals make an informed choice. The module takes 1.5 hours to complete. 
  • The modules can be taken for free continuing education credit on The Joint Commission's learning management system for hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission. 
  • The module must be run on a learning management system. To obtain the modules to run on your own learning management system, or to receive a power point slide deck with audio script, contact
  • The Implementation Guide is a companion to the training modules and offers ideas for overcoming challenges to implementing the strategies into practice. 
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