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Banking the Future: Adolescent Capacity to Consent to Biobank Research

ABSTRACT Adolescents are an important population to represent in biobanks. Inclusion of biospecimens from adolescents advances our understanding of the long-term consequences of pediatric disease and allows the discovery of methods to prevent adult diseases during childhood. Consent for biobanking is complex, especially when considering adolescent participation, as it brings up issues that are not present with general clinical research. The development and successful implementation of an adolescent capacity assessment tool applied specifically to biobanking can potentially provide researchers and clinicians with contextualized information on participants’ understanding, appreciation, reasoning, and voluntary choice for biobanks. This measure would build on current studies looking at the role of shared decision-making in biobanking, as well as add a formal measurement to use when considering decisions around pediatric and adolescent participation. This study adapted the MacCAT-CR for use with a hypothetical adolescent biobank study and examines predictors of MacCAT scores on healthy and chronically ill adolescents.

Published on: July 23, 2019
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