Patient Attitudes Toward Physician Consent in Epidemiologic Research
Boring, Catherine Chase
Gregory, Helen R.
Greenberg, Raymond S.
American Journal of Public Health. 1984 Dec; 74(12): 1406-1408.
The initiation of contact with a patient for an epidemiologic study is usually contingent upon the prior consent of the attending physician. To assess the attitudes of patients toward the necessity of physician consent, questionnaires were mailed to 692 women with breast, endometrial, or ovarian cancers who had previously participated in a personal interview study. Only 2% of the 514 respondents would have preferred that their physicians withhold approval; half considered physician permission necessary. One-third of the patients--most frequently black women and women of lower educational levels--reported that their doctors had talked to them about the study prior to the interview. (KIE abstract)
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