Tag: informed consent

Blog Posts (3)

April 10, 2008

Accepting placebos

Over at the Neuroethics and Law Blog, Adam Kolber argues that we should embrace the use of placebos:

Should a doctor stop prescribing antidepressants to a particular patient when the doctor believes that antidepressants will be no better for the patient than placebos?

January 31, 2008

A comment from Paul Gelsinger on gene therapy and informed consent

In a guest post earlier this week Alan Milstein, the attorney who represented Jesse Gelsinger’s family, wrote about his reaction to a recent editorial by James Wilson about gene therapy and informed consent in the journal Human Gene Therapy.…

January 29, 2008

On gene therapy and informed consent

By Alan Milstein

Januarys issue of Human Gene Therapy offers some intriguing commentary on the issue of informed consent in gene transfer trials.…

Published Articles (33)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 17 Issue 1 - Jan 2017

Tracking U.S. Professional Athletes: The Ethics of Biometric Technologies Katrina Karkazis & Jennifer R. Fishman

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 10 - Oct 2015

Doctors, Patients, and Nudging in the Clinical Context—Four Views on Nudging and Informed Consent Thomas Ploug & Søren Holm

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 10 - Oct 2015

Placebo Effects and Informed Consent Mark Alfano

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 9 - Sep 2015

Broad Consent for Research With Biological Samples: Workshop Conclusions Christine Grady, Lisa Eckstein, Ben Berkman, Dan Brock, Robert Cook-Deegan, Stephanie M. Fullerton, Hank Greely, Mats G. Hansson, Sara Hull, Scott Kim, Bernie Lo, Rebecca Pentz, Laura Rodriguez, Carol Weil, Benjamin S. Wilfond & David Wendler

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 6 - Jun 2013

Nudging and Informed Consent Shlomo Cohen

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 4 Issue 2 - Apr 2013

Do Hospitalized Patients in a Nigerian Community Consider Informed Consent Necessary? Omokhoa Adedayo Adeleye & Ekaete Alice Tobin

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 4 - Apr 2013

Does Consent Bias Research? Mark A. Rothstein & Abigail B. Shoben

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 10 - Oct 2012

Response to Open Peer Commentaries on “Surrogate Decision Making in the Internet Age” Jessica Berg

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 10 - Oct 2012


American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 10 - Oct 2012

Review of Marion Danis, Emily Largent, David Wendler, Sara Chandros Hull, Seema Shah, Joseph Millum, Benjamin Berkman, and Christine Grady, Research Ethics Consultation: A Casebook Emily E. Anderson

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News (16)

October 21, 2016 8:00 am

The dangers of euthanasia-on-demand (Chicago Tribune)

If the Dutch Cabinet gets what it wants, citizens who feel they have a “completed life” soon will be able to request public support for help in ending their lives. It is a frightening precedent that other nations ought not follow, and a policy the Dutch ought to reject.

September 22, 2016 8:00 am

Belgium minor first to be granted euthanasia (BBC News)

A terminally ill 17-year-old has become the first minor to be helped to die in Belgium since age restrictions on euthanasia requests were removed two years ago, officials say.

September 27, 2013 2:22 pm

Pennsylvania law gives patients the right to ask doctors about care

The Pennsylvania’s Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Act specifically gives patients the right to ask questions of physicians, not just physician assistants or nurses.

August 27, 2013 1:03 pm

UC Davis surgeons resign after bacteria-in-brain dispute

Two UC Davis neurosurgeons who intentionally infected three brain-cancer patients with bowel bacteria have resigned their posts after the university found they had “deliberately circumvented” internal policies.  The surgeons maintain they were acting in the best interests of their desperately ill patients, whose prognoses for survival were poor.

August 14, 2013 6:32 pm

Electronic Informed Consent: Will it Increase Patient Knowledge on Trials?

As the modernization of the informed consent process looks to keep patients better informed with electronic presentations of trial information, sponsors and CRO may also utilize the tech to track more data.

July 2, 2013 1:41 pm

Stop Worrying About Privacy, Start Caring About Identity

Informed consent and a change in privacy rules are what most people seem to be concerned about. However, data by itself is not intelligent. There are equal-parts rules and tools for data to become actionable information.

June 5, 2013 5:16 pm


A group of scholars and leaders in bioethics and pediatrics with extensive experience in ethical and regulatory issues in pediatrics and human subjects research urged the OHRP to withdraw its research violation notification to the institutions involved in SUPPORT.

May 21, 2013 2:37 pm

India: Audio-visual consent to become mandatory for clinical trials soon

In a landmark move in the sphere of clinical trials, informed consent of patients participating in clinical trials will soon be recorded on camera.

February 28, 2013 12:49 pm

Furor over horsemeat reveals need for strict food labeling (NBC News)

Would you eat horsemeat?  A lot of people would not. Should you have the right to know if the meat you are eating contains horsemeat?  The answer to that question is a resounding yes…

June 21, 2012 1:19 pm

Informed consent: A broken contract (Nature)

The example points to a broad problem in research on humans — that informed consent is often not very well informed (see ‘Reading between the lines’). Protections for participants have been cobbled together in the wake of past controversies and have always been difficult to uphold. But they are proving even more problematic in the ‘big data’ era, in which biomedical scientists are gathering more information about more individuals than ever before. Many studies now include the collection of genetic data, and researchers can interrogate those data in a growing number of ways. Several US states, including California, are considering laws that would curtail the way in which researchers, law-enforcement officials and private companies can use a person’s DNA.

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