Relevant Information and Informed Consent in Research: In Defense of the Subjective Standard of Disclosure

TitleRelevant Information and Informed Consent in Research: In Defense of the Subjective Standard of Disclosure
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsDranseika, V, Piasecki, J, Waligora, M
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published2017
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
KeywordsCONFIDENTIAL , Disclosure , Informed , Manipulation , relevant , research , SCIENCE , Scientific , Truthfulness
AbstractIn this article, we seek to contribute to the debate on the requirement of disclosure in the context of informed consent for research. We defend the subjective standard of disclosure and describe ways to implement this standard in research practice. We claim that the researcher should make an effort to find out what kinds of information are likely to be relevant for those consenting to research. This invites researchers to take empirical survey information seriously, attempt to understand the cultural context, talk to patients to be better able to understand what can be potentially different concerns and interests prevalent in the target population. The subjective standard of disclosure should be seen as a moral ideal that perhaps can never be perfectly implemented but still can and should be used as a normative ideal guiding research practice. In the light of these discussions, we call for more empirical research on what considerations are likely to be perceived as relevant by potential research participants recruited from different socio-economic and cultural groups. 
NotesDranseika, Vilius Piasecki, Jan 1 Waligora, Marcin 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: REMEDY, Research Ethics in Medicine Study Group, Department of Philosophy and Bioethics, Faculty of Health Sciences , Jagiellonian University Medical College , Michalowskiego 12 31-126 Kraków Poland; Source Info: Feb2017, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p215; Subject Term: Disclosure of information; Subject Term: Scientific knowledge; Subject Term: Science -- Social aspects; Subject Term: Truthfulness & falsehood; Subject Term: Confidential records; Author-Supplied Keyword: Disclosure; Author-Supplied Keyword: Informed consent; Author-Supplied Keyword: Manipulation; Author-Supplied Keyword: Relevant information; Author-Supplied Keyword: Research ethics; Number of Pages: 11p; Document Type: Article