Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics
Volume 13, Issue 2, April 2018
Ethical Issues in Biobanking and use of Biospecimens
Broad Consent for Research on Biospecimens: The Views of Actual Donors at Four U.S. Medical Centers
Teddy D. Warner, Carol J. Weil, Christopher Andry, Howard B. Degenholtz, Lisa Parker, Latarsha J. Carithers, Michelle Feige, David Wendler, Rebecca D. Pentz
First Published February 1, 2018; pp. 115–124
Commentators are concerned that broad consent may not provide biospecimen donors with sufficient information regarding possible future research uses of their tissue. We surveyed with interviews 302 cancer patients who had recently provided broad consent at four diverse academic medical centers. The majority of donors believed that the consent form provided them with sufficient information regarding future possible uses of their biospecimens. Donors expressed very positive views regarding tissue donation in general and endorsed the use of their biospecimens in future research across a wide range of contexts. Concerns regarding future uses were limited to for-profit research and research by investigators in other countries. These results support the use of broad consent to store and use biological samples in future research.