May I have your consent? Informed consent in clinical trials — feasibility in emergency situations
AuthorChan, EW; Taylor, DMD; Phillips, GA; Castle, DJ; Knott, JC; Kong, DCM
Source TitleJournal of Psychiatric Intensive Care
PublisherCambridge University Press (CUP)
AffiliationMelbourne Medical School
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsChan, E. W., Taylor, D. M. D., 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), pp.109-113. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1742646411000094.
Access StatusOpen Access
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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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