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Research with Adult Participants Lacking Capacity to Consent

This policy outlines when participants with impaired decision-making capacity may be enrolled in research and who may consent to participation in research on behalf of adult participants who lack the capacity to consent. Different requirements apply to Veterans Affairs research. Researchers conducting VA research should follow the HS IRBs’ VA Research Policy.

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