How to make an electronic informed consent for use with the iCONS tool

The iCONS informed consent management system uses informed consents that are created using Limesurvey. Limesurvey is a free, open source online tool that is used to create online surveys. However, it can be also be used to create other online forms as well, and provides a wide range of customization options for informed consent documents.

Go to: http://www.limeservice.com/en/component/comprofiler/registers to sign up for Limesurvey and begin creating your informed consent document. If you plan on including a patient assessment that will collect answers to survey questions, please note that a free account comes with 25 responses per month. If you plan on a text-display only informed consent document, you do not need to worry about having responses available.

In order to begin making an informed consent document, please watch this introductory video tutorial. This will cover the basics of survey creation, choosing the right template, and entering text-only sections. In this tutorial, there are also frequently asked questions added as an educational resource for patients reading the informed consent document. However, the addition of these and other educational resources is strictly optional.

 

Introduction to Limesurvey

In order to begin making an informed consent document, please watch this introductory video tutorial. This will cover the basics of survey creation, choosing the right template, and entering text-only sections. In this tutorial, there are also frequently asked questions added as an educational resource for patients reading the informed consent document. However, the addition of these and other educational resources is strictly optional.

 

Importing Part of a Limesurvey

The second tutorial covers how to import a pre-made section of the informed consent. This is useful if there is more than one person working on the creation of the informed consent, or if there is a repository of different sections available for use, such as one created by your organization.

 

Adding Multimedia

The third tutorial shows how to add an image to informed consent documents. Since paper-based informed consent documents rarely include images, this is likely not a required step. However, if there are some educational or informative images your patients might like to see, please use this tutorial to learn how to insert them into the informed consent form.

 

Create an Assessment Quiz

The last tutorial covers how to use the survey feature to create a patient self-assessment. This can be useful for evaluating whether your patient understood the content of the informed consent document adequately. An included survey could also be used to gauge patient satisfaction, or acquire feedback about consent procedures.

 

Any questions about using Limesurvey to create an informed consent document should be directed to Elizabeth Bell eabell@ucsd.edu