AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. November 2004, Volume 6, Number 11

Ethics Poll

Patients in Clinical Research

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

Physicians who have a professional relationship with a pharmaceutical company should disclose that information to all of their patients.
Physicians are justified in prescribing medications for off-label use if, in their clinical judgment, doing so is in the best interest of a patient.
Physicians who are acting as clinician-investigators in medical research should not take part in the enrollment of patients in the trial.
Can a patient with a terminal illness for which there is no effective treatment give truly uncoerced consent to participate in a clinical trial for an experimental therapy?
All data from clinical trials should be made public in a clinical research registry?
Poll results reflect the opinions of visitors to the site who voluntarily answer the poll questions. Those visitors do not represent a random sample of Virtual Mentor readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.