The CRB supports performance of quality veterinary clinical trials in client-owned animals that involve informed consent. According to the NIH, the ideal reading level of a clinical trial consent form is 6th grade. The reading level of a document can be determined using several programs. Microsoft Word is one of these programs, and the “Spelling and Grammar” tool can be used to determine the Flesh-Kincaid Grade Level.
The CRB is not requiring that investigators reach this ideal. However, we are offering information to help investigators understand readability and improve the consenting process.