Consent for medical research comes under scrutiny yet again: time for ethics committees to stop second-guessing the public?

This is a really interesting study published in PLOS ONE today.  Eessentially it’s a survey of the attitudes of 2300 participants in TwinsUK (a national biobank) to giving their consent to medical research.  The full paper can be found here. The results of the survey would seem to highlight what has been a growing theme in the… Read More Consent for medical research comes under scrutiny yet again: time for ethics committees to stop second-guessing the public?

OECD wades into clinical trials debate, but statement on public involvement goes awol

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) yesterday waded into the increasingly feverish debate about the regulation of clinical trials with a strongly worded recommendation calling on its members to harmonise approval processes.  The recommendation which is worded with the minimum of fuss, is backed by a more detailed explanatory memorandum. But I am… Read More OECD wades into clinical trials debate, but statement on public involvement goes awol

PLoS ONE study – I’d go further: poor quality information undermines rights of clinical trial participants

On my recent visit to Newcastle, my afternoon was spent talking to, and answering questions from, the public about research.  Clinical trials featured heavily.  The most common theme was their frustration over the poor quality information given to trial participants before, during and after a trial had finished. The journal, PloS ONE, has today published a… Read More PLoS ONE study – I’d go further: poor quality information undermines rights of clinical trial participants

A few more ‘£s’ and I’ll be opening my own Wellcome Collection…just keep those surveys coming

If only petrol was as plentiful a resource as public attitudes.  There is no end to the extent to which we can mine what the public thinks about this, or that. Occasionally a survey will hit a rich seam of information and insight.  Then again, so numerous are those who are drilling into the public mindset nowadays, that I… Read More A few more ‘£s’ and I’ll be opening my own Wellcome Collection…just keep those surveys coming

Ill-informed consent: EU meeting lays into clinical trials small print for patients

Image by erjkprunczyk via Flickr Daniel Cressey at Nature has written this report from last week’s meeting of the European Forum for Good Clinical Practice which took place in Brussels. The basic thrust of the discussion at the meeting was that information given to patients prior to them signing up for a clinical trial: is often vague, too… Read More Ill-informed consent: EU meeting lays into clinical trials small print for patients