Emergency Medicine Research: Community Consent and Waivers of Consent
On August 29, 2017, Mr. Jack Hosty gave a presentation on Community Consent, or Exception from Informed Consent. Community consent for research is often used in place of individualized informed consent. Participants enrolled in such a project are frequently unaware that they are participating in research, and, often, those who opt out of said research are the only ones within the community who are aware of it. The FDA demands that researchers reasonably attempt to obtain informed consent from all putative research participants. Despite this, community consent research is still performed. Here, Mr. Hosty discusses whether community consent can be practiced ethically.