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How do researchers decide early clinical trials?
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Studies for Translation, Research Ethics, and Medicine (STREAM), Biomedical Ethics Unit/Social Studies of Medicine, McGill University.
2016 (English)In: Medicine, Health care and Philosophy, ISSN 1386-7423, E-ISSN 1572-8633, Vol. 19, no 2, 191-198 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Launch of clinical investigation represents a substantial escalation in commitment to a particular clinical translation trajectory; it also exposes human subjects to poorly understood interventions. Despite these high stakes, there is little to guide decision-makers on the scientific and ethical evaluation of early phase trials. In this article, we review policies and consensus statements on human protections, drug regulation, and research design surrounding trial launch, and conclude that decision-making is largely left to the discretion of research teams and sponsors. We then review what is currently understood about how research teams exercise this discretion, and close by laying out a research agenda for characterizing the way investigators, sponsors, and reviewers approach decision-making in early phase research.

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Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2016. Vol. 19, no 2, 191-198 p.
Keyword [en]
decision-making, translational research, research ethics, policy, phase 1 trials, risk/benefit
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Medical Ethics Philosophy Ethics
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-127033DOI: 10.1007/s11019-016-9685-6ISI: 000378689500006PubMedID: 26833467OAI: diva2:919244
Uncertainties and Ethical Dilemmas in Translational Research: North American and Swedish Stakeholders' Experience of Initiation and Design of Phase 1 Trials
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2012-0063

Funding agencies:This work was funded by Forte and the EU Commission under a COFAS Marie Curie Fellowship.

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