Improving informed consent in clinical trialsL A duty to experiment

Philip W. Lavori, Jeremy Sugarman, Marguerite T. Hays, John R. Feussner

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Practitioners of clinical trials have a responsibility to ensure that patients' participation in research be informed and voluntary. This responsibility implies that we should strive continuously to improve the effectiveness of methods for informing prospective research volunteers about experimental studies, thereby enhancing the protection of their interests. We should test innovations in informed consent in realistic contexts (i.e., in clinical trials) and with randomization, when it is appropriate, at the first opportunity. In this study, we develop a preliminary proposal to improve the quality of informed consent, based on experimentation with informed consent in ongoing clinical trials. We discuss the conceptual, ethical, organizational, and technical bases for such an effort. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-193
Number of pages7
JournalControlled clinical trials
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Ethics
  • Informed consent
  • Randomized clinical trials
  • Research ethics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology


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