Critical illness research involving collection of genomic data: The conundrum posed by low levels of genomic literacy among surrogate decision makers for critically ill patients

Ellen Iverson, Aaron Celious, Erica Shehane, Mandy Oerke, Victoria Warren, Alexander Eastman, Carie R. Kennedy, Bradley D. Freeman

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Abstract

Critical illness clinical trials that entail genomic data collection pose unique challenges. In this qualitative study, we found that surrogate decision makers (SDMs) for critically ill individuals, such as those who would be approached for study participation, appeared to have a limited grasp of genomic principles. We argue that low levels of genomic literacy should neither preclude nor be in conflict with the conduct of ethically rigorous clinical trials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-57
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013

Keywords

  • Critical illness
  • Genomic research
  • Intensive care unit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Communication

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