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Clinical research without consent in adults in the emergency setting: a review of patient and public views

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Medical Ethics, April 2008
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  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (92nd percentile)

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1 news outlet
1 policy source
4 tweeters
1 Facebook page


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Clinical research without consent in adults in the emergency setting: a review of patient and public views
Published in
BMC Medical Ethics, April 2008
DOI 10.1186/1472-6939-9-9
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Jan Lecouturier, Helen Rodgers, Gary A Ford, Tim Rapley, Lynne Stobbart, Stephen J Louw, Madeleine J Murtagh


In emergency research, obtaining informed consent can be problematic. Research to develop and improve treatments for patients admitted to hospital with life-threatening and debilitating conditions is much needed yet the issue of research without consent (RWC) raises concerns about unethical practices and the loss of individual autonomy. Consistent with the policy and practice turn towards greater patient and public involvement in health care decisions, in the US, Canada and EU, guidelines and legislation implemented to protect patients and facilitate acute research with adults who are unable to give consent have been developed with little involvement of the lay public. This paper reviews research examining public opinion regarding RWC for research in emergency situations, and whether the rules and regulations permitting research of this kind are in accordance with the views of those who ultimately may be the most affected.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 2 3%
Japan 1 1%
Peru 1 1%
Unknown 67 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 13 18%
Researcher 11 15%
Student > Master 10 14%
Student > Postgraduate 5 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 7%
Other 19 27%
Unknown 8 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 36 51%
Nursing and Health Professions 6 8%
Arts and Humanities 4 6%
Psychology 3 4%
Computer Science 3 4%
Other 10 14%
Unknown 9 13%

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