Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Why audiences are silent about the Markingson case

On the Impact Ethics blog, Kirstin Borgerson writes:

"It took me longer than it should have to realize why my students, and Elliott’s audiences, are so quiet when confronted with this case. Very simply, there is nothing to debate. Among serious scholars, there is no defense of the practice of: radically violating informed consent in the myriad ways just outlined; enrolling suicidal patients in the sort of risky trial that Markingson was enrolled in; having researchers disrespect and disregard concerns raised by family members about the well-being of research subjects during a trial; or creating conditions under which researchers are motivated to enroll subjects so as not to lose out on tens of thousands of dollars. My students and colleagues have it right: from an ethical perspective there isn’t anything to debate here."

Read the rest of this excellent piece here.

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