Children’s views on research without prior consent in emergency situations: a UK qualitative study

L Roper, Fran Sherratt, Bridget Young, Paul McNamara, A Dawson, Richard Appleton, Esther Crawley, Lucy Frith, Carrol Gamble, K Woolfall

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Objectives: We explored children’s views on research without prior consent (RWPC) and sought to identify ways of involving children in research discussions.Design Qualitative interview study.Setting Participants were recruited through a UK children’s hospital and online advertising.Participants 16 children aged 7–15 years with a diagnosis of asthma (n=14) or anaphylaxis (n=2) with recent (<12 months) experience of emergency care.Results Children were keen to be included in medical research and viewed RWPC as acceptable in emergency situations if trial interventions were judged safe. Children trusted that doctors would know about their trial participation and act in their best interests. All felt that children should be informed about the research following their recovery and involved in discussions with a clinician or their parent(s) about the use of data already collected as well as continued participation in the trial (if applicable). Participants suggested methods to inform children about their trial participation including an animation.Conclusions Children supported, and were keen to be involved in, clinical trials in emergency situations. We present guidance and an animation that practitioners and parents might use to involve children in trial discussions following their recovery.This is an Open Access article distributed in accordance with the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt and build upon this work, for commercial use, provided the original work is properly
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
JournalBMJ Paediatrics Open
Issue number6
Early online date9 Jun 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Jun 2018


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