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Informed Consent Study

The Deaf Wellness Center and the National Center for Deaf Health Research at the University of Rochester are doing a research study about “informed consent.”

About this study. Do you ever sign papers that you don’t fully understand, like permission for medical care or paperwork when buying a house or car? Those are “informed consent” papers. They are legally very powerful, often difficult to read, and can be dangerous if you don’t understand them fully. We are comparing three ways to offer “informed consent” information to deaf people who use ASL: (1) in written English, (2) in ASL, with one signer describing the information, and (3) in ASL with two signers discussing the information. Help us learn which method is best. We hope this research will influence how doctors and researchers offer “informed consent” information in the future.

The study director is Robert Pollard, Ph.D. Study team members include both Deaf and hearing researchers.