Important Points to Remember about the DRDR

 

We don’t exclude patients from participating based on HIV status or another other disease or condition.  In fact, it is very important to include participants who may have a virus or dental disease, as well as patients who do not have a disease (the latter may be used as a control). 

A minor must have BOTH parents sign the consent form.  A different consent form is used for minors, and both of the child’s parents must sign.  It is okay to take the consent form home to obtain the other parent’s signature and then bring it back on the next visit to participate in the study.  The exception to this rule is if the parent is not at all involved in the child’s life, or if the parent is deceased.  A grandparent may not sign the consent form.   

The person participating in the study is the one who must initial and sign the consent form.  If a person has a stroke and has trouble writing, he/she must still make their mark as best as possible.  In other words, it is not okay to have a husband sign instead of the wife who is participating.  The husband should sign in addition to the wife as a witness.

A blind person may participate but you will have to read him/her the entire consent form.  Note that a blind participant must also make his/her mark on the consent as best as possible.  Additionally, a witness may also sign the consent form.   

A copy of the consent must be given to the subject.  A photocopy of the completed consent can be given to the subject.  It is also possible to give the subject a blank copy of the consent form, but in this case, it is advisable to place the copy near the subject’s belongings to ensure that he/she does not leave it behind. 

The dates on the consent forms must match.  The investigator/faculty member should ensure that the subject has written the correct date, initialed each page and signed the last page prior to collecting the sample.  Dr. Vieira will be signing the space for “Investigator Signature.”  Any other faculty member at the SDM may also sign.