Hot Topics: Informed Consent

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September 24, 2014

Sophie’s Choice: Can Machines Do Any Better?

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In the 1979 novel Sophie’s Choice by William Styron, the reader meets a Holocaust survivor who was forced in the camps to choose which of her two children would die immediately.…

September 2, 2014

Big Data Peeps At Your Medical Records To Find Drug Problems

[NPR] No one likes it when a new drug in people’s medicine cabinets turns out to have problems — just remember the Vioxx debacle a decade ago, when the painkiller was removed from the market over concerns that it increased the risk of heart attack and stroke. To do a better job of spotting unforeseen risks […]
August 4, 2014

Do OkCupid and Facebook experiment on vulnerable populations?

by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.

A few months ago Facebook announced that some Facebook users were a part of a 2012 experiment.…

July 29, 2014

AIN’T JUST THE MEAT IT IS ALSO THE MOTION: CONSENT MATTERS!

“But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?”

“Yes,” said Arthur. “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard.’”

                           –Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Any apologia for Facebook’s recent behavioral study has to address one issue head on: that of informed consent.…

July 1, 2014

Enter the Corporate Congress: SCOTUS & FACEBOOK

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

PART 1: SCOTUS
One of the facts that hiring managers are taught is that you can never ask a potential employee about their religion (among other protected areas) unless the candidate brings it up.…

June 19, 2014

Community Consultation Should Include Social Media

by Nuriel Moghavem

A New York Times article published this week describes a clinical trial in Pittsburgh where incapacitated and rapidly exsanguinating gunshot victims have their blood replaced by cold saline for up to an hour in an effort to preserve neurological function and life.…

June 16, 2014

MEDICAL FUTILITY, THEN AND NOW

by Barron H. Lerner, M.D., Ph.D.

When an article promoting the idea of medical futility appeared in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 1990, my father was thrilled. …

June 10, 2014

Tragedy in Research History: The Children of Ireland

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

For many people, the film Philomena was an introduction to a history of Irish babies being taken from their unwed mothers and adopted to “good” Catholic families in other countries.…

June 8, 2014

Chip and Fish: Inadvertent Spies

by Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.

There has been a great deal of fingerpointing, second-guessing and recrimination over the decision by the President to exchange five former Taliban leaders for the American soldier, Bowe Bergdahl. …

June 4, 2014

Revitalizing Informed Consent Law

by Thaddeus Mason Post, JD, PhD

In a few days, the Journal of Clinical Ethics will publish my seventeenth “Legal Briefing” column. …

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Published Articles (6)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 3 - Mar 2014

The Ethics of Advertising for Health Care Services Yael Schenker, Robert M. Arnold & Alex John London

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 11 - Nov 2013

The Use of Deception in Public Health Behavioral Intervention Trials: A Case Study of Three Online Alcohol Trials Jim McCambridge, Kypros Kypri, Preben Bendtsen & John Porter

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 3 - Mar 2012

To Tell the Truth, the Whole Truth, May Do Patients Harm: The Problem of the Nocebo Effect for Informed Consent Rebecca Erwin Wells & Ted J. Kaptchuk

News (14)

August 20, 2014 4:21 pm

California lawmakers pass bill banning inmate sterilizations

California lawmakers sent a bill to ban sterilization surgeries on inmates in California prisons to Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday, after media reports and a later audit showed officials failed to follow the state’s rules for obtaining consent for the procedure known as tubal ligation from incarcerated women.

April 23, 2014 1:46 pm

Would you share your DNA info to advance medicine?

The provocative question of how “big data” will affect medicine and patient privacy is getting a lot of attention at the National Institutes of Health.

December 20, 2013 1:58 pm

The Supreme Court’s terrible—and dangerous—ruling this week on the Fifth Amendment.

On Monday, in a case called Salinas v. Texas that hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves, the Supreme Court held that you remain silent at your peril. The court said that this is true even before you’re arrested, when the police are just informally asking questions.

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

The OHRP and SUPPORT

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…

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