No-consent study raises concern over patient rights

August 2007
Healthcare Risk Management;Aug2007, Vol. 29 Issue 8, p85
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. A study that will allow different treatment methods to be tested on patients without first informing them and obtaining their consent is raising questions among risk managers. Some question the ethics of such research, while advocates say there is no other way to gain valuable clinical insight. • Although individual patients do not consent to the treatment, local investigational review boards must sign off on the study. • The research involves emergent situations in which it is difficult to obtain consent from the patient or family. • The study is limited, but some critics say the work can undermine the concept of informed consent. INSET: Studies will assess methods in emergencies.


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