Not So 'Informed'

A group of ethicists and medical researchers says informed consent has become more about protecting the researcher than protecting the patient, reports Nature News' Daniel Cressey. At the European Forum for Good Clinical Practice conference in Brussels last week, a Belgian think tank warned that the process of informed consent has become an exercise in legal obligation rather than an effort to help trial participants understand the risks and benefits of participation.

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