The Therapeutic Misconception: A Threat to Valid Parental Consent for Pediatric Neuroimaging Research

TitleThe Therapeutic Misconception: A Threat to Valid Parental Consent for Pediatric Neuroimaging Research
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsHadskis, M, Kenny, N, Downie, J, Schmidt, MH, D'Arcy, R
JournalAccountability in Research: Policies & Quality Assurance
Volume15
Issue3
Pagination133-151
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number08989621
Accession Number32964891
KeywordsBRAIN , children , Consent , GUARDIAN , Informed , Informed Consent , Institutional , MEDICINE , neuroscience , PEDIATRIC , Pediatrics , Regulation , research , Vulnerable Populations
AbstractNeuroimaging research has brought major advances to child health and well-being. However, because of the vulnerabilities associated with neurological and developmental conditions, the parental need for hope, and the expectation of parents that new medical advances can benefit their child, pediatric neuroimaging research presents significant challenges to the general problem of consent in the context of research involving children. This article reviews the concept of therapeutic misconception and its role in pediatric neuroimaging research, and argues that this misconception can compromise consent given by parents for the involvement of their children in research of this kind.
NotesHadskis, Michael 1; Email Address: michael.hadskis@dal.ca; Kenny, Nuala 2; Downie, Jocelyn 3; Schmidt, Matthias 4; D'Arcy, Ryan 5; Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Law, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; 2: Department of Bioethics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; 3: Faculties of Law and Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; 4: Department of Diagnostic Imaging, IWK Health Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; 5: National Research Council, Institute for Biodiagnostics (Atlantic), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Issue Info: Jul-Sep2008, Vol. 15 Issue 3, p133; Subject Term: INFORMED consent (Medical law); Subject Term: BRAIN -- Imaging; Subject Term: CHILDREN -- Health & hygiene; Subject Term: PEDIATRICS; Subject Term: GUARDIAN & ward; Author-Supplied Keyword: consent; Author-Supplied Keyword: institutional review boards; Author-Supplied Keyword: pediatric neuroimaging; Author-Supplied Keyword: regulation of research; Author-Supplied Keyword: research ethics; Number of Pages: 19p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1080/08989620801946917
Short TitleThe Therapeutic Misconception: A Threat to Valid Parental Consent for Pediatric Neuroimaging Research
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