Informed consent to nursing home research is a two-tiered process that begins with obtaining the consent of a long-term care community at the institutional level and progresses to the engagement of individuals in the consent process. Drawing on a review of the literature and the authors' research experiences and institutional review board service, this article describes the practical implications of nurse investigators' obligation to ensure informed consent among participants in long-term care research. Recommendations focus on applying a community consent model to long-term care research, promoting an evidence-based approach to the protection of residents with decisional impairment, and increasing investigators' attention to ethical issues involving long-term care staff.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Health Policy
- Geriatrics and Gerontology