Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Turning your patients into your employees

The patient is desperately ill.  She needs treatment right away.  But you need research subjects for your clinical trial, and she wants proven therapy.  What's a clinical investigator to do?

The answer is simple: pay her to sign up for the trial.  You get a research subject; she gets a paycheck; and if the experimental treatment doesn't work, well, you warned her about that in the consent form.  That's the win-win solution that is being tossed around by two University of Chicago professors, and ethicists are taking it seriously.  Read about it in Nature.

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