Facing up to paternalism in research ethics

  • Wertheimer A
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Abstract

Bioethicists have failed to understand the pervasively paternalistic character of research ethics. Not only is the overall structure of research review and regulation paternalistic in some sense; even the way informed consent is sought may imply paternalism. Paternalism has limits, however. Getting clear on the paternalism of research ethics may mean some kinds of prohibited research should be reassessed.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Bioethics
  • Clinical research
  • Group soft paternalism
  • Information disclosure
  • Informed consent
  • Paternalism
  • Patients
  • Research ethics
  • Research subjects

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  • Alan Wertheimer

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