In Plain Sight: A Solution to a Fundamental Challenge in Human Research
Article first published online: 3 JAN 2013
© 2012 American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Inc.
The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
Special Issue: SYMPOSIUM 1: Nanodiagnostics and Nanotherapeutics: Building Research Ethics and Oversight
Volume 40, Issue 4, pages 970–989, Winter 2012
How to Cite
Shepherd, L. and Riley, M. F. (2012), In Plain Sight: A Solution to a Fundamental Challenge in Human Research. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 40: 970–989. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-720X.2012.00725.x
- Issue published online: 3 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 3 JAN 2013
The physician-researcher conflict of interest has thus far eluded satisfactory solution. Most attempts to deal with it focus on improving informed consent. But those attempts are not successful and may even make things worse. Research subjects are already voluntarily undertaking the risks of research — we should not ask them to go it alone — to undergo medical “treatment” without medical “care.” The only effective solution is that in much clinical research, each research subject should have a doctor independent from the research study.