Ethics in Medical Research: A Handbook of Good Practice

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 12, 1999 - Medical - 403 pages
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This is a comprehensive, practical guide to the ethical issues raised by different kinds of medical research, and is the first such book to be written with the needs of the researcher in mind. Clearly structured and written in a plain, accessible style, this book covers every significant ethical issue likely to be faced by researchers and research ethics committees. The author outlines and clarifies official guidelines, gives practical advice on how to adhere to them, and suggests procedures in areas where official recommendations are vague or absent. This invaluable handbook will help researchers identify and address ethical issues at an early stage in the design of their studies, helping them to avoid unnecessary delay, and to safeguard the well-being of patients and healthy volunteers. The book will also be extremely useful to members of research ethics committees.
 

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Contents

Origin of the ethical review of medical research
1
protecting patients
12
Researchers and their facilities
50
Importance of informed consent
57
Evaluating risks and benefits
87
Acceptable research procedures
104
Confidentiality
115
Questionnaire and interview studies
208
Aims of genetic research
232
Appendixes
306
Specimen medical research ethics committee application
319
Guide to constructing a patientvolunteer information sheet
339
Aspecimen consentform for patients
351
Aspecimen review questionnaire for researchers
360
Some useful websites
372
Bibliography
378

Questions suitable for some but not for others
214
Nutrition an example of the ethical complexities of a typical
220
Confidentiality of groups
226

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