How to get patients' consent to enter clinical trialsBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7024.185c (Published 20 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:185
Reports of trials should state proportion of people who refuse to participate
- F Andrew I Riordan,
- Alistair P J Thomson
- Lecturer in paediatrics and child health Undergraduate Teaching Centre, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham B9 5SS
- Consultant paediatrician Leighton Hospital, Crewe, Cheshire CW1 4QJ
EDITOR,—We agree with Elizabeth Wager and colleagues that “large proportions of patients refusing to enter studies may signal a problem with study design.1 The proportion of refusals, however, may vary with the nature of the trial, the disease studied, and the type of treatment investigated.
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