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Informed Consent Documents

Depicting Risks and Benefits of Medical Treatment (Dec-12)

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.

On the following page, consider 4 different formats for presenting the risks and benefits.  

 

Working Group Meetings

Working group meetings provide an opportunity for investigators to receive feedback on research proposals, drafts of papers, grant applications, or any other aspects of projects at any stage of development. This meeting is designed as an informal working group not a formal presentation. For more details look under the How We Can Help section.

To see the schedule for upcoming meetings please check the Events calendar. The next PIHCD meeting is listed below.

Medicine and Society

This special interest group is led by Dr. Raymond De Vries, a Professor in the Department of Learning Health Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Sociology at the University of Michigan, and Professor at Academie Verloskunde Maastricht, Zuyd University and Maastricht University/CAPHRI School for Public Health and Primary Care. This group examines the social and cultural aspects of health, disease and healing, with an explicit focus on how bioethical issues are defined, discussed, and resolved. Using both qualitative and quantitative research methods, the topics explored include: 

  • Social and cultural aspects of disease and illness
  • Social organization of medical care
  • Medical and premedical education
  • Childbirth and reproductive technologies
  • Women in medicine and health care
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Cultural and social dimensions of bioethics
  • Faith, healing and medicine
  • Integrity in medical research
  • Globalization of bioethics

Health, Justice, and Community

The special interest group in Health, Justice and Community is led by Dr. Susan Dorr Goold, a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Health Management and Policy at the School of Public Health. Research in this area aims to improve knowledge, understanding, and practice in resource allocation and distributive justice, ethics of health policy (public and private) and community engagement, with the overarching goal of improving health equity. Scholarly approaches to the important and enduring questions include a variety of social science methods as well as conceptual and philosophical analysis. Surveys, mixed methods research, community-based participatory research and deliberative procedures represent particular strengths. Research that falls within this area includes topics such as:

  • Deliberative public views on health and health care spending priorities
  • Resource allocation decisions by local public health officials
  • Public views about policies during public health emergencies
  • Community priorities for health research
  • Reproductive justice
  • Physicians’ and patients’ views about physician stewardship
  • Conflicts of interest and obligation for physicians and scientists
  • Ways to ameliorate health disparities

 

We are delighted to officially announce that Raymond De Vries will be joining Angie as the new Co-Director of the Center. Ray has been an active faculty member of CBSSM for several years.  He is a Professor in the Departments of Medical Education, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Sociology, as well as a visiting Professor at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.  He is particularly interested in the regulation of science; clinical trials of genetic therapies and deep brain stimulation; international research ethics; and the social, ethical, and policy issues associated with maternity care.

Scott Kim recently stepped down from the Co-Directorship of CBSSM to take on a new position as Senior Investigator in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health.  He continues to assist with various CBSSM-related research projects.

 

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