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Guidelines for Research Ethics Committees on psychiatric research involving human subjects

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Research is as essential in psychiatry as in any other branch of medicine. While there are ethical problems in carrying out research, it is unethical for the profession to fail to do research because this deprives present and future patients of the possibility of more informed and better treatment as well as the (more distant) prospect of prevention of psychiatric disorder. Since much psychiatric research can be carried out only with patients or healthy human subjects, it is important to consider the ethical problems involved in such research.

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Brooke, H. (1986) Consent to treatment or research: the incompetent patient. In: Consent and the Incompetent Patient: Ethics, Law and Medicine. (Eds Hirsch, S. R. and Harris, J.). London: Gaskell (Royal College of Psychiatrists) pp. 921.
Nicholson, R. H. (ed) (1986) Medical Research with Children: Ethics, Law and Practice. Oxford University Press.
Relevant Reports
a. Royal College of Physicians:
1984 Guidelines on the Practice of Ethical Committees in Medical Research.
1986 The Relationship between Physicians and the Pharmaceutical Industry.
1986 Research in Healthy Volunteers.
1990 Guidelines on the Practice of Ethical Committees in Research involving Human Subjects (second edition).
b. Medical Research Council: 1962/3 Responsibility in Investigations on Human Subjects.
c. British Psychological Society:
1978 Ethical Principles for Research with Human Subjects.
d. Royal College of Nursing:
1977 Ethics Related to Research in Nursing.
e. Royal College of Psychiatrists (Gaskell Publications):
1988 Hirsch, S. R. & Harris, J. (eds) Consent and the Incompetent Patient. Ethics, Law and Medicine.
f. Institute of Medical Ethics:
1986 Nicholson, R. H. (ed). Medical Research with Children: Ethics, Law and Practice. Oxford University Press.
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