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Ethics in Medical Research

Ethics in Medical Research
A Handbook of Good Practice


  • Date Published: August 1999
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521626194

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  • This is a comprehensive and practical guide to the ethical issues raised by different kinds of medical research, and is the first such book to be written with the needs of the researcher in mind. Clearly structured and written in a plain and accessible style, the book covers every significant ethical issue likely to be faced by researchers and research ethics committees. The author outlines and clarifies official guidelines, gives practical advice on how to adhere to these, and suggests procedures in areas where official recommendations are vague or absent. This invaluable handbook will help researchers identify and address the ethical issues at an early stage in the design of their studies, to avoid unnecessary delay and to safeguard the wellbeing of patients and healthy volunteers. It will also be extremely useful to members of research ethics committees.

    • Covers every significant ethical issue likely to be faced by medical researchers or research ethics committees
    • Reviews relevant international regulations and codes of practice - the first such book to be written for the researcher
    • Clearly written, well structured, easy to use and highly practical
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This is a very comprehensive volume on the process of medical research ethics … the chapter on questionnaire and interview studies is extremely helpful, especially for those who find themselves having to construct a questionnaire and/or interview schedule … this book enables the reader to ask critical questions not only of disseminated research findings but more importantly of the research process involved. Surely this knowledge is vital for an ethically-based as well as evidence-based practice?' Nursing Ethics

    'Institutionalised bioethics is undergoing worldwide standardisation, and this book contains much useful advice.' Neuroradiology

    'Anyone lacking experience in completing an application form for submission to a British research ethics committee and in undertaking medical research might do well to start here.' Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy, A European Journal

    'This book offers much sensible advice and comment as well as a comprehensive bibliography. it will be useful to researchers who are preparing applications and members of ethnical committees.' B. Ashworth, Proc R Coll Physicians, Edinburgh

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521626194
    • length: 422 pages
    • dimensions: 217 x 140 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.569kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The origin of the ethical review of medical research
    2. Medical Research Ethics Committees: protecting patients, researchers and institutions
    3. The researcher and his/her facilities
    4. The importance of informed consent
    5. Evaluating risks and benefits
    6. What kinds of procedure is it acceptable to expose research participants to, and how often?
    7. Confidentiality
    8. Clinical trials
    9. Research with healthy volunteers
    10. Are placebos ethical?
    11. Arrangements for compensation
    12. Research with children, persons with intellectual disability and other vulnerable groups
    13. Research on surplus blood and other tissue
    14. Questionnaire and interview studies
    15. Epidemiological studies
    16. Genetic research: special ethical considerations
    17. Gene therapy
    18. Research on fetuses
    19. Animal to human transplantation
    20. Post approval monitoring of research by ethics committees.

  • Author

    Trevor Smith, University of Dundee

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