Imagine that you have just been diagnosed with high cholesterol. You are asked to decide whether or not take a type of drug called a statin to lower your cholesterol. In order to help you decide, you are given information about the risk and benefits of taking statins.
It's 2009. You've been following the news about the H1N1 influenza as developments have unfolded throughout the year, and you feel some concern. You have been wondering about the risk of coming down with the H1N1 flu yourself and have been thinking about whether you should be vaccinated.
What do subjects need to know in order to agree to participate in research? An informed consent document is assumed to communicate the essential information, but it is not clear how carefully research participants read these documents.
Traditional ethical teaching suggests that a physician's assessment of a patient's best interest should guide the decision of whether to administer emergency life-sustaining therapy, absent guidance by the patient or family members.
The government requires that potential kidney transplant recipients be informed if an organ donor engaged in CDC categorized "high risk" behaviors. Are these "high risk" donor kidneys associated with worse survival rates following transplantation?