In the first chapter we have become familiar with the most basic problems of medical research involving human subjects. The confusing formulation of the advertisement led us to basic considerations of the relationship between scientific research and medical practice. One conclusion we drew was that the conflict between medical practice and scientific research can be regulated, but not completely resolved.
In all subsequent chapters, ethical problems involving certain forms of regulation of research will be discussed. In particular, the special dilemmas surrounding the issue of informed consent will be examined. In addition, further external forms of regulation of medical research and the associated ethical problems will be discussed. For example, the question of ownership of research samples and the question of inducement when recruiting subjects are covered in this chapter. The following fictive case will address the question of ownership of research samples.
Modelled after a case study by Ruth Chadwick2
A pharmaceutical company is conducting a randomised controlled trial to test the safety and efficacy of a new drug
2 Chadwick, R. 2000. Informed Consent in genetic research. In: Doyal, L. and J.
Tobias (eds). Informed Consent in Medical Research, pp. 203–10. London:
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Publication information: Book title: Issues in Medical Research Ethics. Contributors: Jürgen Boomgaarden - Editor, Pekka Louhiala - Editor, Urban Wiesing - Editor. Publisher: Berghahn Books. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2003. Page number: 15.
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