Federal regulations governing human subjects research call for additional protections for the « mentally disabled. » However, there is currently no consensus definition of mental disability or guidelines for how these research subjects should be protected.
This ambiguity complicates the work of institutional review boards (IRBs) charged with the review and approval of protocols involving psychiatric medication discontinuation and symptom provocation.
It is particularly important for these studies to be reviewed within the larger context of the research program in which they are conducted.
The author proposes a process for IRB review of these studies, which includes the implementation of additional safeguards for subjects determined by the IRB to be vulnerable.
Recommendations also are made for training psychiatric clinical investigators in issues related to research bioethics.
Mots-clés Pascal : Trouble psychiatrique, Recherche scientifique, Ethique, Chimiothérapie, Traitement, Prise décision, Arrêt traitement, Induction, Symptomatologie, Article synthèse, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Mental disorder, Scientific research, Ethics, Chemotherapy, Treatment, Decision making, Treatment withdrawal, Induction, Symptomatology, Review, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0513556
Code Inist : 002B02B11. Création : 18/05/2000.