Studies must have policies on feeding back health related findings to participants, says new guidance

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 01 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2517
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Researchers carrying out studies involving human participants in the United Kingdom must have clear policies on whether or not health related findings will be fed back to participants, new guidance has recommended.

There is currently intense debate about whether and how health related findings from human studies, such as identifying a brain tumour during a brain imaging study or an elevated risk of Alzheimer’s disease in a genome-wide study in diabetes, should be fed back to …

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