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Researchers and their 'subjects'Ethics, power, knowledge and consent$
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Marie Smyth and Catherine Bond

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345141

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345141.001.0001

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Making the decision about enrolment in a randomised controlled trial

Making the decision about enrolment in a randomised controlled trial

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(p.35) Two Making the decision about enrolment in a randomised controlled trial
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Researchers and their 'subjects'
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Tracey J. Stone

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861345141.003.0003

This chapter describes the decision making of a purposively sampled group of oncology patients about taking part in a randomised controlled trial (RCT). The data presented in this chapter was gathered for a NHS-sponsored PhD project, with the aim of giving feed back to local clinical researchers and Research Ethics Committees in order to improve the process of future patients. This chapter, therefore, is structured around the idea of choice, of what participants understood of their choice to be, and to what extent they felt free to choose. This has associated implications for the ethical requirement of voluntariness in informed consent. Features of the process that they felt made the decisions more or less difficult is covered in this chapter including the variances in attitudes to the risks contingent in research involvement and the way in which information about risk was used. The roles of self-interest and altruism in deciding whether to agree to take part in research are also discussed in this chapter.

Keywords:   decision making, oncology patients, randomised controlled trial, Research Ethics Committees, choice, free to choose, requirement of voluntariness, informed consent, research involvement

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