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STEP Session on Informed Consent

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee plans a session in its series of Current Controversies in Medicine entitled "Informed Consent," scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 18 in Natcher Conference Center's main auditorium from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The ethical conduct of science requires that subjects understand the implications of their participation in research. However, the principle of informed consent is challenged by the development of new therapeutic strategies, advances in technology and the inclusion of diverse populations as research subjects. This session will examine strains that are developing as society and medicine grapple with these challenges.

After a historical overview and introduction, three issues will be highlighted through a panel discussion and interaction with the audience:

  • Capacity to give consent — diminished cognitive capacity, surrogacy and individual decisions affecting the family or larger community.

  • Incentives and compensation — recruitment, compensation, coercion, placebo groups, research vs. therapy.

  • Cultural and language barriers— culturally appropriate communications, Third-World clinical trials, historical distrust.

The session is free and open to all. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Inform the STEP office (435-2769) about any need for reasonable accommodation by Nov. 12.

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