Consent to clinical research - adequately voluntary or substantially influenced?

Hewlett, S. (1996) Consent to clinical research - adequately voluntary or substantially influenced? Journal of Medical Ethics, 22. pp. 232-237. ISSN 0306-6800

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jme.22.4.232

Abstract

In clinical research the giving of consent by the patient often lies within the context of illness or the doctor/patient relationship. On exploration of these issues it would appear unlikely that the patient's consent is free of substantial influences, some of which may be strong enough to be controlling. Five categories of consent are suggested: voluntary, involuntary, coerced, enforced and partially voluntary. It is argued that consent in clinical research is substantially influenced and thus only partially voluntary. Several practical strategies are proposed to ensure adequately voluntary consent by reducing some circumstantial influences when consent to clinical research is obtained.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:clinical research, research consent
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Nursing and Midwifery
ID Code:10704
Deposited By: Professor S. Hewlett
Deposited On:04 Aug 2010 13:28
Last Modified:12 Aug 2013 08:02

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