Mrs. X and the Bone Marrow Transplant
Caplan, Arthur L.
Lidz, Charles W.
Roth, Loren H.
Hastings Center Report. 1983 Jun; 13(3): 17-19.
The case is presented in which a leukemia patient sought an order from an Iowa district court to compel the University of Iowa Institutional Review Board (IRB) to recontact, specifically on the patient's behalf, a potential bone marrow donor who had refused a general request to participate in the transplant program. Charles Lidz, Alan Meisel, and Loren Roth argue against judicial intervention, primarily on the grounds that a follow-up letter would constitute undue pressure on the potential donor. David Zimmerman agrees that it would be wrong for the ethics committee to recontact the potential donor, but bases his argument on a balancing of probable risks and benefits in the case at hand rather than on the issue of rights or coercion in informed consent. (KIE abstract)
Altruism; Autonomy; Bone Marrow; Case Studies; Clinical Ethics; Coercion; Consent; Decision Making; Donors; Ethics; Ethics Committees; Hospitals; Human Experimentation; Informed Consent; IRB; Judicial Action; Leukemia; Moral Policy; Organ Donation; Privacy; Research; Research Ethics; Research Ethics Committees; Review; Rights; Risks and Benefits; Recontact; Tissue Donation; Tissue Transplantation; Transplant Recipients; Transplantation;