Analysis of Consent Validity for Invasive, Nondiagnostic Research Procedures
McGill University - BioMedical Ethics Unit
University of Toronto - Faculty of Law
Scott Y. Kim
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
July 3, 2013
IRB: Ethics and Human Research 34(5) Sept-Oct 2012, 1-7
A growing number of clinical trials use invasive research procedures for screening patients, monitoring the effects of drugs, biomarker analysis, or sham comparators. These procedures can be ethically contentious, in part because of concerns about the quality of informed consent provided by patient-volunteers. In the first section of this paper, we describe burdens, risks, and benefits associated with certain common invasive, research procedures. We next offer a series of arguments about the general properties of a valid consent for such procedures. We close by examining what is currently known about consent quality for invasive research procedures against the standards laid out in the second section. We conclude that there is little evidence to either confirm or dispel concerns about consent quality for invasive, nondiagnostic research procedures applied in patient-volunteers.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 7
Keywords: informed consent, research involving humans, research ethics, nondiagnostic research procedures, consent validity, research risks
Date posted: July 6, 2013 ; Last revised: July 7, 2013
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