Dave Wendler, PhD; Kiran Prasad, BS
Wendler D, Prasad K. Core Safeguards for Clinical Research with Adults Who Are Unable To Consent. Ann Intern Med. 2001;135:514-523. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-135-7-200110020-00011
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2001;135(7):514-523.
The National Bioethics Advisory Commission has proposed new safeguards for clinical research with adults who are unable to consent. Three other major U.S. groups have also proposed additional safeguards for this population, and existing Canadian and European guidelines already include such safeguards. While these six guidelines agree on some safeguards, they disagree on others. To allow important research to proceed while protecting adults who are unable to consent, it will be crucial to resolve these differences. This paper uses a side-by-side comparison of these six guidelines to highlight their major points of consensus, analyze their significant differences, and distill six core safeguards.
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