MCW Tissue Bank – Patient Eligibility Criteria
- Is the potential participant 18 years of age or older?
- Does the potential participant speak/read English?
- Is this potential participant capable of making a complicated decision?
If the answer to any of these questions was “NO”, the patient is not an eligible participant.
**If the patient is clearly opposed to meeting with the Tissue Bank, please inform the consenter so that we can add an FYI Flag for that patient so they are not contacted again.
*A meeting with the Tissue Bank does not mean that the patient has to participate
Questions Frequently Asked by Clinic Staff
What is the MCW Tissue Bank, and why are they in my clinic?
The MCW Tissue Bank is a collaborative effort between the Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital which was created to increase the availability of specimens for research as well as speed up the research process. Though it currently has a presence only in the Cancer Center, the eventual goal of the MCW Tissue Bank is to implement a front door policy where every patient of Froedtert Hospital is given the opportunity to contribute to research. Currently the Bank employs two full-time research coordinators who travel around to the different clinics to consent patients. The process below describes the role of the Tissue Bank consenter in the clinic.
What are we asking of patients?
The patient is also allowing the Tissue Bank to save discard tissue which may be left over from ANY FUTURE SURGERY here at Froedtert. The Tissue Bank does not ask doctors to take additional tissue during surgery, but rather only banks tissue is there is something left after all clinical work has been done with the tissue.
The patient’s consent also allows the Tissue Bank to link all their collected specimens to clinical data from their Froedtert medical record. This data includes but is not limited to the patient’s name, date of birth, sex, condition, and treatment. Because of this it is important for the patient to know that this identifying information may be seen by researchers.
The program is completely voluntary and patients are not compensated for their participation, nor are results from the blood draw or tissue collection are entered into the patient’s record. Their participation is only benefiting future research and is unlikely to affect the patient at all. Lastly, the patient always has the option of withdrawing from the Tissue Bank. At any time, a consented patient can write the Tissue Bank and request that their unused specimens be removed from the bank and destroyed.
Which patients can I approach?
- Must be a patient of the Cancer Center
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Must speak English
- Must be capable of making a complicated decision
We encourage clinic staff to ask ALL PATIENTS who fit these criteria if they would like to meet with a member of the Tissue Bank, but some clinics choose to ask only new patients or only those who are having surgery.
The decision of which patients to ask is entirely up to the surgeons and their clinic staff. However, please remember that our consent form covers ANY FUTURE SURGERY that the patient may have, so it’s still beneficial to ask even if he/she is not a patient that your surgeons are interested in for research.
How do I explain the Tissue Bank to the patient?
Once you are ready to approach a patient, arm yourself with a Tissue Bank brochure and use a phrase such as the one below to see if they would like to meet with a Tissue Bank consenter. If the patient has any further questions, please do not hesitate to call a Tissue Bank consenter. They are happy to come speak with patients to answer any questions they may have.
The hospital has a new program called the MCW Tissue Bank that allows patients to participate in research by donating a small amount of blood as well as any discard tissue resulting from future surgeries. Would you be willing to speak with a member of the Tissue Bank today?
What if they don’t want to meet with the Tissue Bank?
If a patient chooses not to meet with a member of the Tissue Bank, then there is nothing further that you have to do. However, if the patient was angered or annoyed at being asked to speak with a member of the Tissue Bank, you may place an FYI flag on the patient’s appointment desk indicating that they do not want to be approached again about the Tissue Bank. An FYI flag has already been created for this purpose under the dot phrase “.TBNOAPPT” which states that the patient declined to meet with a member of the Tissue Bank.
What do I need to do if the patient says yes?
Please note the consenters will need to use the exam room or an available consult room to conduct their consent conference with the patient. Consent conferences cannot be conducted in the waiting areas. The consent conference take between 5-15 minutes depending on the amount of questions each patient has. It’s up to each clinic to determine when they would like the consent conference to fit into the patient visits.
It is possible for a clinic to schedule a time for that patient to speak with a Tissue Bank consenter, but this is something that you will want to work out with the Tissue Bank consenters before you begin scheduling. Scheduling can be done through Epic or by calling the Tissue Bank at 805-8829.
Do I need to do anything else?
Consenters will need access to a copy machine in your clinic so that they can provide a copy of the signed consent form to the patient. They will also need a patient label from the front desk of your clinic to put on the consent form.