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The therapeutic misconception: a threat to valid parental consent for pediatric neuroimaging research.

Authors
  • Hadskis, Michael
  • Kenny, Nuala
  • Downie, Jocelyn
  • Schmidt, Matthias
  • D'Arcy, Ryan
Type
Published Article
Journal
Accountability in research
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2008
Volume
15
Issue
3
Pages
133–151
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/08989620801946917
PMID: 18792535
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Neuroimaging research has brought major advances to child health and wellbeing. However, because of the vulnerabilities associated with neurological and developmental conditions, the parental need for hope, and the expectation of parents that new medical advances can benefit their child, pediatric neuroimaging research presents significant challenges to the general problem of consent in the context of research involving children. A particular challenge in this domain is created by the presence of therapeutic misconception on the part of parents and other key research stakeholders. This article revierws the concept of therapeutic misconception and its role in pediatric neuroimaging research. It argues that this misconception can compromise consent given by parents for the involvement of their children in research as healthy controls or as persons with neurological and developmental conditions. The article further contends that therapeutic misconception can undermine the research ethics review process for proposed and ongoing neuroimaging studies. Against this backdrop, the article concludes with recommendations for mitigating the effects of therapeutic misconception in pediatric neuroimaging research.

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