Studying the Mind: Ethical Issues and Guidance in Mental Health Research
Clinical Ethics 2008 September; 3(3): 141-144
Freely given informed consent to participation is the ethical cornerstone of research in health care. However, in mental health settings, there are many patients who lack the capacity to give such consent to participate in research. There is an abundance of guidance now available on how researchers might think about this issue and the Royal College of Psychiatrists has also recently reviewed its guidance to members about the ethics of research. In this piece, I will discuss some of the issues that were raised during the revision process, and add some reflections of my own.
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