Informed consent documents are often murky, study finds

11/13/2012 | Reuters

Informed consent documents are often less clear about risks and complications of biopsies than they are about simple blood draws, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found. Cancer trial participants are rarely made aware that biopsies are often painful and have little or no therapeutic value, the researchers found. "I think a lot of patients understandably think that when they're volunteering for these studies they're giving tissue for what is cutting-edge science, and sometimes that's true, but not always," said McGill University bioethicist Jonathan Kimmelman, who was not involved in the study.

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