13 December 2008

Should results of clinical trials be provided to participants?

Clinical trial participants value personalized, accurate information about study results
Archives of Internal Medicine: 8 December 2008
Participants in clinical trials report being satisfied with personalized, accurate communication of results by study investigators soon after the study findings are released publicly, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Even though volunteers in clinical trials expose themselves to risk, there is no legal mandate for investigators to inform participants of study results, according to background information in the article. However, many researchers have recommended providing both negative and positive clinical trial results as the "ethical norm." "Despite this recommendation, efforts to communicate results to research participants remain quite limited," the authors write. "Some participants never learn study results, although many would like to have that information." … > full story

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