Ethical Considerations for Volunteer Recruitment of Visual Prosthesis Trials

Science and Engineering Ethics 19 (3):1099-1106 (2013)

Yu Xia
Harding University
With the development of visual prostheses research from the engineering phase to clinical trials, volunteer recruitment for the early visual prosthesis trials needs to be carefully considered. In this article, we mainly discuss several issues related to volunteer recruitment that had posed serious challenges to the visual prosthesis trials, such as low rates of participants, high expectations and underlying motivations to participate in the visual prosthesis trials as well as the importance of informed consent. When recruiting volunteers for visual prosthesis implants, it is critical that the visual prosthesis researchers should not only take into account the patient’s expectations and motivations, but also make the patients fully aware of the possible benefits and risks involved with their participation, and help patients establish realistic expectations for the early phase of visual prosthesis implantation. Based on these considerations to the challenges, eligible volunteers may be recruited in the preliminary stages of visual prosthesis trials
Keywords Visual prosthesis  Volunteer recruitment  Clinical trials  Ethical principle
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DOI 10.1007/s11948-012-9375-6
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