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Title of Collaborative Activity:

Ethical, Legal and Social Issues (ELSI) Sub-study in the Biospecimen Pre-Analytical Variables (BPV) Project

Description of Collaborative Activity:

Pre-Analytical Variables (BPV) Ethical Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) Substudy is a study of the ethical, legal and social implications related to the informed consent process for biobanking. The ELSI study is designed to address current issues related to informed consent for biobanking, particularly the issues of consent for broad future research use and return of research results. The objective of the ELSI Substudy is to assess research participant comprehension and concerns related to informed consent and data sharing for biobanking across the diverse patient populations included in the BPV program. The intent of this evaluation is to improve our understanding of the issues that impact donor participation in such programs and to identify factors that may result in decreased rates of donor participation. This study provides a unique and unprecedented opportunity to address these issues in a diverse patient population of actual biospecimen contributors approached for consent using a highly harmonized informed consent document. Each Biospecimen Source Site collecting tumor tissue from surgical procedures is participating in the ELSI study. To date, several hundred interviews with BPV participants have been submitted for analysis.  Data collection concluded in May of 2015 and data analysis is in progress.

Type of Collaborative Activity:

Research Initiative

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