Authorizing Psychiatric Research: Principles, Practices and Problems

10 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2010

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SIOW ANN CHONG

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Richard Huxtable

University of Bristol - Centre for Ethics in Medicine

Alastair V. Campbell

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Date Written: January 2011

Abstract

Psychiatric research is advancing rapidly, with studies revealing new investigative tools and technologies that are aimed at improving the treatment and care of patients with psychiatric disorders. However, the ethical framework in which such research is conducted is not as well developed as we might expect. In this paper we argue that more thought needs to be given to the principles that underpin research in psychiatry and to the problems associated with putting those principles into practice. In particular, we comment on some of the difficulties posed by the twin imperatives of ensuring that we respect the autonomy and interests of the research subject and, at the same time, enable potentially beneficial psychiatric research to flourish. We do not purport to offer a blueprint for the future; we do, however, seek to advance the debate by identifying some of the key questions to which better answers are required.

Keywords: autonomous, cognitive impairment, competence, consent, schizophrenia, therapeutic misconception

Suggested Citation

CHONG, SIOW ANN and Huxtable, Richard and Campbell, Alastair V., Authorizing Psychiatric Research: Principles, Practices and Problems (January 2011). Bioethics, Vol. 25, Issue 1, pp. 27-36, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1727177 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8519.2009.01741.x

SIOW ANN CHONG (Contact Author)

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Richard Huxtable

University of Bristol - Centre for Ethics in Medicine ( email )

73 St. Michael's Hill
BS2 8BH Bristol
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Alastair V. Campbell

National University of Singapore (NUS) ( email )

1E Kent Ridge Road
NUHS Tower Block Level 7
Singapore, 119228
Singapore

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