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assentAgreement by a minor or other person not competent, such as a child or cognitively impaired person, to give legally valid informed consent to participate in research.
The concept of assent is based on the assumption that while a child has sufficient capacity to understand a procedure and agree with parental decisions, he or she does not have the autonomy to request and consent to a procedure on his or her own.
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assentMedical ethics Agreement by a minor or other person not competent to give legally valid informed consent–eg, a child or cognitively impaired person–to participate in research. Cf Informed consent.
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