May I have your consent?: informed consent in clinical trials - feasibility in emergency situations
AuthorChan, Esther W.; Taylor, David McD.; Phillips, Georgina A.; Castle, David J.; Knott, Jonathan C.; Kong, David C. M.
Source TitleJournal of Psychiatric Intensive Care
PublisherCambridge University Press
University of Melbourne Author/sTaylor, David; Phillips, Georgina; Castle, David Jonathan; Knott, Jonathan
AffiliationMelbourne Medical School
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsChan, E. W., Taylor, D. McD., Phillips, G. A., Castle, D. J., Knott, J. C., & Kong, D. C. M. (2011). May I have your consent?: informed consent in clinical trials - feasibility in emergency situations. Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care, 7(2), 109-113.
Access StatusOpen Access
© 2011 NAPICU. Online edition of the journal is available at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=JPI
Clinical researchers in acute emergency settings are commonly faced with the difficulty of satisfying the conventional ethical requirement of obtaining informed consent, whilst ensuring a representative group of patients is recruited into studies. We discuss our own experience in addressing institutional ethical requirements to obtain informed consent in a multi-centre trial, recruiting highly agitated patients in the emergency setting in Melbourne, Australia. We suggest that, through the application of existing ethical and legal frameworks and pre-emptive communication with the key stakeholders in ethics committees, hospital insurers and legal representatives, a balance can be struck between ethical and legal requirements on the one hand, and the integrity of the research question, on the other.
Keywordsconsent; psychiatric emergency; emergency
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