Informed consent in prison research

Testing a new method to improve informed consent in prison research

Research question

The main aim of this study is to assess and improve understanding of informed consent among people in prison, as well as to better understand the characteristics associated with poor understanding. The study is a randomized controlled trial that will compare a standard method for consent and an improved, so-called "teach-to-goal" method, and includes 100 participants. The study is part of an SNSF-funded randomized controlled trial testing an intervention for attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity in prison. Improving informed consent is a key challenge, particularly for studies involving vulnerable populations. The results of the study will help to improve the informed nature of consent. The results could influence the revision of the law on human research.


Project leader Prof. Stéphanie Baggio
Project team

Dr. Leonel da Cunha Gonçalves
Mrs. Elena Poznyak

Partner(s) Prof. Anja Dirkzwager, Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime, Netherlands
Dr. Moa Haller, Institute of Primary Health care, University of Bern, Switzerland
Dr. Patrick Heller, Service de Médecine Pénitentiaire Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève, Switzerland
Prof. Bernard Hirschel, ex-head of the Ethics Committee of Geneva, Switzerland
Prof. Katia Iglesias, School of Health Sciences Fribourg, Switzerland
Prof. Paul Nieuwbeerta, Leiden University, Netherlands
Prof. Dominique Sprumont, head of the Ethics Committee of Vaud, Switzerland
Funder(s) Swiss National Science Foundation (Spark)
Study design Randomized controlled trial
Study start
February 2024
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