Assessing the Ethics of Ethics Research: A Case Study

TitleAssessing the Ethics of Ethics Research: A Case Study
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2004
PublisherHastings Center
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsDECISION , Medical , MEDICINE , Patients , Physicians
AbstractThe article examines the ethics of ethics research in medicine by evaluating a specific study that was designed to assess individuals' decisions to enroll in clinical research. Although most ethics research poses essentially no risk of physical harm, this deceptive study of informed patients reveals that ethics research may pose other serious risks. The extensive deception used in this study, conducted by three physicians, a nurse, and a medical student, poses a risk of undermining patients trust in medical professionals, which could interfere with their future medical care or with their willingness to participate in future research.
NotesIRB: Ethics & Human ResearchAccession Number: 14680513; Miller, Franklin G. 1 Wendler, David 2; Affiliation: 1: Head, Unit on Clinical Research, Department of Clinical Bioethics, National Institutes of Health and Special Expert, National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program. 2: Head of Unit on Vulnerable Populations, Department of Clinical Bioethics, National Institutes of Health.; Source Info: Mar/Apr2004, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p9; Subject Term: MEDICINE -- Research; Subject Term: MEDICAL ethics; Subject Term: PHYSICIANS; Subject Term: PATIENTS; Subject Term: MEDICAL care; Subject Term: DECISION making; NAICS/Industry Codes: 541712 Reseach and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology); NAICS/Industry Codes: 621111 Offices of Physicians (except Mental Health Specialists); Number of Pages: 4p; Document Type: Case Study
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