Informed Consent Analysis

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The creation of an informed consent I believe is pivotal asset in random control trials. Patients in North, Guinea Pigs in South provided the history in which informed consents were not obtained by participants in several studies. There were clinical trials mentioned in the movie that had harmful affects due to lack of consent and ethical issues. I believed the movie highlighted that informed consent is not only important in the United States, but internationally. Furthermore, there is even more procedures in place when clinical trials are done on foreigners. The purpose of this paper is to explained how the movie provided several advantages of informed consent. Finally, how the elements of informed consent that were discussed in class could…show more content…
The concept of transparency would have been valuable in the controversial clinical trials described in the movie. In the Tuskegee Experiment if the men were being told the implications and ramifications of the study could have reduced long-term consequences for the participants. Moreover, for patients in the Nigerian clinical trial transparency would have allowed many parents to become aware of all aspects of the study before agreeing to allowing their children to participate. As Dr. Francis Tremolliere noted, in clinical trails it is important that participants are not just signing a consent, but there should be ongoing and stable communication between researchers and…show more content…
One issue with informed consent that was showcased in the Nigerian study was the participants not explaining the study and lack of simplicity. The parents in the Nigerian study lacked the knowledge on the side effects of trovan and were not aware of everything that Pfizer were doing to their children. One parent mentioned in the movie stated that the researchers were isolated and they were not invited to see their child. Therefore, I believe participants whether children or adults should be privy to all information in a detail and simplistic way. The last element I believe that was highlighted in Patients in North, Guinea Pigs in South is the concept of voluntarism. I think in each of the clinical trials participants did volunteer, but there was an element of coercion. As it was mentioned in the movie many international participants who are poor, often times willingly participate due to being informed they will receive incentives such as free medication. Secondly, many patients may participate because of power of the medical authority. Thus, in any clinical trial it is important that participants are not involved because they are guaranteed
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