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Want to be part of a medical experiment ..without your consent? May 29, 2007

Posted by The Armchair Economist in Commentary, Ethics, Health Care.
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The federal government is undertaking the most ambitious set of studies ever mounted under a controversial arrangement that allows researchers to conduct some kinds of medical experiments without first getting the patients’ permission.

This research is targeted towards trauma patients who come in unconscious and where every minute counts, making it not practical to get the appropriate consent from their family. While informed consent is never a bad thing.. (just ask those folks who took part in the Tuskegee Syphilis study), perhaps there are times where consent is negotiable. Studies such as these certainly have to undergo the most rigorous of screenings for approval, but without the ability to confirm trauma protocols, how will we ever improve our treatment in the future? These experiments are testing physiologically sound concepts and aren’t as ‘experimental’ as one would think (ie: unlike the ice pick lobotomies for treatment of various mental illnesses).

Medical BraceletI guess an option is to offer some kind of ID bracelet that says ‘Only treatments proven with a prospective randomized double blind placebo controlled experiments please’.

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