Some Ethical Issues in Dementia Research
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1984 Mar; 10(1): 29-31.
Special ethical problems raised by research on dementia are considered. These problems include the moral justification for allocating scarce resources to seeking a treatable cause of senile dementia when society pays little attention to the quality of life of the elderly in general, the significant risks entailed in brain biopsy, and the difficulty of obtaining informed consent from patients with impaired mental functions or from their distraught relatives. Huntington's chorea, an important pre-senile dementia, presents other ethical difficulties, centering on the question of whether relatives of Huntington's patients should be told that they are at risk for developing the disorder. (KIE abstract)
Adults; Aged; Brain; Brain Pathology; Competence; Counseling; Carriers; Consent; Dementia; Diagnosis; Disclosure; Disease; Family Members; Genetic Counseling; Genetic Screening; Human Experimentation; Huntington Disease; Informed Consent; Life; Patients; Physician Patient Relationship; Quality of Life; Research; Risk; Risks and Benefits; Relatives; Senile Dementia; Third Party Consent;
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