Please consult the WUSTL IRB/HRPO Guidance to make sure your study is  appropriate for executing any of the following methods for implementing electronic informed consent (eIC). 

What do I need to know?

You can complete an eIC in-person, by phone, or in a remote capacity (via secure links sent by email or SMS through RedCap).  

If you are completing eIC in-person:

  • Open the eIC as a survey and log out of your RedCap account.  Then, give the participant access to the RedCap survey on the preferred and available device (e.g., computer, iPad, tablet).

If you are completing the eIC remotely by phone:

  • You would use RedCap to send the participant a secure link (e.g., via email).  Once the participant receives the email, they would click on the secure link to open the RedCap eIC survey.  You can read through the eIC together by phone.

If you are completing an eIC without in-person or phone contact:

  • You would use RedCap to send the participant a secure link (e.g., via email).  Once the participant receives the email, they would click on the secure link to open the RedCap eIC survey.  The participant must be given the opportunity to submit questions to you before signing the eIC form.

Note: For an optional extra layer of security for RedCap eIC, you could require the participant to enter a PIN to gain access to the RedCap eIC survey.  The participant would receive a secure link. Clicking on the secure link opens a web page that requests the unique PIN. Once the PIN is entered, the participant gains access to the eIC. (Instructions coming soon!!)

How do I create an eIC in RedCap?

The WUSTL preferred method is the RedCap “Online Designer/Data Dictionary” method.  This method requires either 1) typing or copying and pasting text directly from the consent form to the online designer or 2) uploading the mHRC eIC Data Dictionary Template (.csv file) then modifying the text provided in the template to match your consent form using the online designer.

Once created, what does an eIC look like in RedCap (PDF form)?

mHRC eIC Template (.pdf file)

How can I set up the signatory process for the eIC Survey in RedCap? 

Please use the RedCap eConsent framework, and follow the WUSTL mHRC Advanced Instructions for eConsent Signature Process in RedCap  .  These instructions will help you set-up the participant and staff signatory process in RedCap in accordance with WUSTL policy for eConsent. University Policy requires that both the participant and the person obtaining consent sign the eIC form.  The participant must sign first (prior to the person obtaining consent).

Are there additional WUSTL resources for how to use/set up RedCap? 

For additional video tutorials and resources on how to navigate and use RedCap, please visit the WUSTL Bernard Becker Medical Library web site.

For additional questions about setting up eConsent, email redcap_helpdesk@wustl.edu