Table 3

Choices of consenting for medical records research (MR) and leftover tissue research (TR) from the perspective of perception of norm (norm), personal preference (preference), and perception of current practice (practice)

Statement*


1 = No research use

2 = Proposal specific consent

3 = General research consent

4 = No consent, only REC

5 = No consent or REC, if institution's researcher

6 = No consent or REC, if Saudi researcher

7 = No consent or REC, if competent researcher

Total

MR

Norm a,1

116 (22.8)

104 (20.5)

87 (17.1)

81 (15.9)

30 (5.9)

17 (3.3)

73 (14.4)

508

Preference b,1

88 (17.0)

98 (18.9)

94 (18.2)

109 (21.0)

41 (8.0)

18 (3.5)

70 (13.5)

518

Practice c

115 (23.0)

77 (15.4)

81 (16.2)

105 (21.0)

50 (10.0)

13 (2.6)

60 (12.0)

501

TR

Norm a,2

72 (14.2)

97 (19.2)

90 (17.8)

97 (19.2)

49 (9.7)

10 (2.0)

91 (18.0)

506

Preference b,2,3

55 (10.7)

89 (17.3)

81 (15.7)

109 (21.2)

64 (12.4)

14 (2.7)

103 (20.0)

515

Practice c,3

86 (17.2)

75 (15.0)

69 (13.8)

113 (22.6)

80 (16.0)

15 (3.0)

63 (12.6)

501


*See Table 1 for full description of each statement. REC, Research Ethics Committee. Data indicate the number (%) of participants who chose the corresponding statement. Chi square test for the null hypothesis of random distribution was significant (P < 0.001) for each of the six questionnaires. Using Marginal Homogeneity test, perception of norm, preference, and perception of current practice were compared for MR and TR; and MR and TR were compared in relation to perception of norm, preference, and perception of current practice.

a, b, c Adjusted P < 0.009.

1Adjusted P = 0.09.

2Adjusted P = 0.02.

3Adjusted P = 0.05. For the rest of comparisons, unadujsted P = 0.44-0.89

Al-Qadire et al. BMC Medical Ethics 2010 11:18   doi:10.1186/1472-6939-11-18

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