Informed consent in emergency research: A contradiction in terms

Science and Engineering Ethics 13 (3):351-359 (2007)
Abstract
Improving the treatment of life threatening emergency illness or disease requires that new or novel therapies be assessed in clinical trials. As most subjects for these trials will be incapacitated there is some controversy about they might best protected whilst still allowing research to continue. Recent European and UK clinical trials legislation, which has effectively stopped research into emergency conditions, is discussed. Possible changes to these regulations are proposed.
Keywords Ethics  Emergency research  Consent
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