The Courier-Journal via USA Today: Local ER Medical Research May Lack Patient OK
Dr. Lynne Richardson and Dr. Rosamond Rhodes discuss the ethics of performing research on emergency medicine patients.
Imagine waking up after a serious accident to discover you've become an unwitting subject in a medical study without ever agreeing to participate. It's a controversial reality of emergency research, and now concern is growing that dwindling research budgets are making it harder to alert the community about the studies so people can decide ahead of time whether to opt in or out. But Lynne Richardson, MD, a professor of emergency medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at New York's Mount Sinai who researches community notification, says money matters less than reaching out to potential subjects in an effective way. She says most people who learn about such studies are OK with participating, and a mechanism for opting out isn't required by the federal government. Plus, she says, "No matter how much money you spend, some people aren't going to pay attention." Read more