Telling parents all relevant details might reduce recruitment of children to trials

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7053.362b (Published 10 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:362
  1. Terence Stephenson,
  2. David A Walker
  1. Senior lecturer in child health Senior lecturer in child health University of Nottingham, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2UH

    EDITOR,—Charlotte Williamson argues that patients in clinical trials have “the right to know all relevant details about the situation in which they find themselves.”1 If the investigators seeking consent can truly tell the patient that they do not know which treatment is better then there is not a problem. Often, however, such equipoise does not exist because the investigators suspect that one treatment is superior but a randomised controlled trial is still necessary. If the investigators share their suspicions …

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