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An Interactive Informed Consent Program for Cardiac Procedures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R41HL087488-01A1
Agency Tracking Number: HL087488
Amount: $137,819.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
United States
DUNS: 157649471
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
Phone: (305) 674-6672
Research Institution

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Informed consent has become an essential component of the doctor-patient interaction. The informed consent process requires that patients not only be given information about proposed medical treatment, but that it be presented in an understandable way so the patient can make meaningful choices about medical alternatives. At the heart of the informed consent doctrine, is the notion that the patient understands the procedure/therapy as well as its benefits and risks. Unfortunately, this is frequently not the case. Indeed, several studies suggest that many patients do not understand, recall, or even read the consent form. To ensure understanding of informed consent, didactic alternatives to the current informed process need to be applied. ArchieMD Inc. has developed a comprehensive interactive medical simulation environment which has the potential to visually convey complex information to patients to improve understanding of surgical procedures. In Phase I, ArchieMD will use this environment as a basis for developing a prototype interactive informed consent program for cardiac catheterization. This prototype will be evaluated by the University of Michigan in prospective, randomized controlled study comparing standard verbal informed consent to interactive multimedia informed consent for a cardiac catheterization procedure. This project will contribute to public health by improving the quality of understanding achieved during informed consent. This may improved patients medical decision- making, decrease medical litigation, and improve enrollment for clinical trials.

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