An Ethical Debate Financial ties as part of informed consent to postmarketing research: From the patient's perspectiveBMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6995.1661a (Published 24 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1661
- Julia Neuberger, vice presidenta
- a Patients Association, London WC1 1DT
Payment for phase IV research was a major issue when I was surveying the work of research ethics committees in the United Kingdom. Many doctors argued that patients need not be told if the researchers were being paid. This was on the assumption, within hospital based research, that the money earned would go into institutional or research funds. Lay members of research ethics committees were less clear, arguing that it might be right for research subjects to be told, but the fact that research funds would be enriched by the individual patient's participation might be felt as additional pressure to …
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