Journal responds to charges of inadequate consent in SUPPORT study

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 23 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2586
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

In a signed editorial posted online 17 April, three editors of the New England Journal of Medicine have responded to the findings of a federal watchdog agency that parents were not given adequate consent in a trial involving premature newborns that was reported in the journal in 2010.1 2

The research, which was overseen by the Neonatal Research Network, was a part of the influential Surfactant, Positive Pressure, and Oxygenation Randomized Trial (SUPPORT) that looked at the use of oxygen therapy, continuous positive airway pressure, and surfactant in extremely premature infants.3

In a determination outlined in a letter on 7 March, the US Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) concluded that investigators conducting a part of the study that sought to determine optimum arterial …

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