The New Zealand Cot Death Study: Some legal and ethical issues

Authors


  • E. A. Mitchell, FRACP, DCH, Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics, University of Auckland. I. B. Hassall, MB, ChB, DCH, FRACP, Commissioner for Children, Wellington. R. Scragg, MB, BS, PhD, MCCMNZ, Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology, University of Auckland. B. J. Taylor, MB, ChB, FRACP, Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics, University of Otago. R. P. K. Ford, MB, BS, FRACP, MD, Community Paediatrician, Christchurch. E. M. Allen, BM, BCh, DObstRCOG, DCH, MRCP, Paediatrician, Thames.

Dr I. B. Hassall, Commissioner for Children, PO Box 12537, Wellington, New Zealand.

Abstract

Abstract The New Zealand Cot Death Study is a 3 year multicentre case-control study aimed at identifying the risk factors for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The paper describes some of the legal and ethical issues which arose in the planning, implementation and analysis of the study.

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