Informed consent in health and social care research: RCN guidance for nurses

Leslie Gelling, Veronica Bishop, Mary Fitzgerald, Martin Johnson, Joyce Kenkre, Trish Greenhalgh, Carol Haigh, Susan Read, Roger Watson

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The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Research Society has developed this guidance for nurses involved in research, regardless of what form that may take or where that research takes place. This document provides an overview of:
● the concept of informed consent for research
● the ethical and legal framework
● informed consent in special circumstances
● the responsibilities of those involved in undertaking research
● the process of gaining informed consent
● the participant’s perspective
● obtaining informed consent from vulnerable groups.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoyal College of Nursing
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)978-1-906633-70-7
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Informed Consent
  • Nursing
  • Social Care
  • Research
  • Royal College of Nursing


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