Scientific drug research comic for children (informed consent)
Commissioned by the University of Leiden and in collaboration with Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), I created a 50-page comic book to inform sick children about scientific medicine research: ‘Anne and the scientific research on the Green-Nose Flu’. After reading the comic book, children are better informed about what scientific research entails, and more able to make a well-informed decision on whether they want to participate (informed consent).
We follow Anne, who doesn’t feel well and turns out to have Green-Nose Flu. Anne is asked if she wants to participate in a scientific research study. Before she can answer this, Anne must first learn what scientific research really is: why is the treatment determined randomly (randomisation), why are placebos used, what are the side effects, why is material stored in a Biobank?
Together with storyteller Pim, Anne takes you on a voyage of discovery and finds the answers to all these difficult questions. This all helps her get a better idea of what she wants to do.
Patients must give their consent to receive medical treatment or participate in (medical) scientific research. The patient should then be adequately informed about, for example, the risks and consequences of the treatment. This is called informed consent.