Interviews and Informed Consent

As a transcription service we get exposure to a wide range of interviews from Television to research.

However, a recent review in the UK of data sharing identified that informed consent to share information was not widely established. Other reviews of interview consent practices  conducted in Canada have established that when consent is gained – the process of gaining consent has ballooned into a complicated and lengthy process.

This has led a call for more consent to be established using more a simplified process. Using the guidelines being suggested by the Canada Health Authority  Transcript Divas Transcription Services have put together a number of key pieces of information that you should be providing to interviewees  any time you do an interview.

Consent Form Best Practice

  1. Explain the purpose of the study
  2. Explain what participants will be asked to talk about
  3. Describe the research process
  4. Identify any possible risks
  5. Identify possible benefits
  6. Identify alternatives to participating
  7. Explain any data sharing and the participants confidentiality, as well as access to information gathered
  8. Provide contact details of research team