Issues in Medical Research Ethics

By Jürgen Boomgaarden; Pekka Louhiala et al. | Go to book overview

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The extent of the
researcher's duties

In the previous three chapters we have been considering how ethically to regulate research involving human subjects. Accordingly, we have focused on the responsibility of the researcher towards subjects. We have considered, for example, whether, and to what extent, property rights and inducements in medical research should be regulated (chapter 2), whether paternalism with regard to the subject is ethically necessary (chapter 3), and we have discussed the particular ethical issues which arise when undertaking medical research on vulnerable groups (chapters 3 and 4).

In this last chapter, we will now take much more into account the responsibility of the researcher towards his or her sponsor and towards the scientific community. After examining the case and commentaries of the open label extension study, we will consider the relationship between 'bad science' and 'bad ethics'.


The case of the open label extension
study
by Paul Wainwright

Case study

The following case study illustrates a situation in which the possibility of a proper consent becomes a central issue. In particular it raises questions about the extent to which the

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Table of contents

  • Teaching Ethics: Material for Practitioner Education (Tempe) ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Contributors vii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1: On the Nature of Research 5
  • 2: Regulation of Research 15
  • 3: Research Versus Consent 41
  • 4: Vulnerable Groups 69
  • 5: The Extent of the Researcher's Duties 87
  • Glossary 99
  • References 104
  • Appendices 108
  • List of Participants 129
  • List of Critical Readers 132
  • Index 133
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