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Report demands better protection for people in research trials

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 12 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:796
  1. Charles Marwick
  1. Washington, DC

    A report recommending better protection for participants in clinical research was published in the United States last week.

    The report, from the Institute of Medicine, recommends the creation of a human research participant protection programme, which would, in effect, replace the existing institutional review boards. It also recommends improving the informed consent process, collecting data nationally on the adverse events that occur in clinical studies, and compensating research participants who are injured.

    The report had its genesis in a Department of Health and Human Services' request that the institute, which advises the …

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