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Research on human subjects: Australian ethics committees take tentative steps.

Authors
  • Osborne, L W
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of medical ethics
Publication Date
Jun 01, 1983
Volume
9
Issue
2
Pages
66–68
Identifiers
PMID: 6876099
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

A recent meeting of hospital ethics committee members in Victoria, Australia, revealed a diversity of opinions on the place of these committees in that country's research institutions. Among the issues discussed by participants were the relationship between ethics committees and medical research committees, dissatisfaction with informed consent procedures, problems with the use of the mentally ill and children as research subjects, and consent to in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer. Osborne concludes that Australian ethics committees need to understand better the philosophical basis for their existence, and to re-define their roles vis-à-vis both subjects and researchers.

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