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How can I reduce the reading level or increase the reading ease of my consent document?

• Use the standard statements provided in the consent template.
• Write directly to the reader, as though you are explaining the facts in person.  Consent language should be written in the second person (“you”), not in the first person (“I”).

• Minimize passive voice to the extent possible.  Example of passive voice: “A summary of results will be sent to all study participants.”  Example of active voice: “We will send you a summary of the results.”

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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

p. 541-737-8008
f. 541-737-3093

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Corvallis, Oregon 97331-2140
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