Informed consent is the gateway to participation in clinical trials. But consent isn't just a signature on a document. Consent is an ongoing conversation between the patient and the healthcare provider that starts with trial education and hopefully results in the participation agreement. It’s a critical step that can greatly influence patient enrollment, adherence and retention in the trial.
Traditionally, informed consent has been solicited using paper documents. In the past several years, however, digital consent tools such as electronic Consent (eConsent) and TeleConsent have become available and are poised to transform the clinical trial experience.