AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. April 2009, Volume 11, Number 4: 275-347.

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April 2009 Contents

Ethics in Clinical Research

Ethics Poll

Diseases in which category should have priority for allocation of U.S. funds for clinical research?
Institutional review boards (IRBs) are the bodies that must approve all proposed clinical research that involves human subjects. Should IRBs be required to have a member with expertise in medical ethics?
All federally funded clinical research or research on drugs that, if approved, will be regulated by the FDA must be listed with the NIH clinical trials registry before the research begins. The posting of trial outcomes to the registry is optional, and trials with positive outcomes are far more likely to be published in medical journals than those with negative, questionable, or nonsignificant outcomes. Federal regulations should be expanded to mandate that all trial outcomes be recorded in the registry.

From the Editor

The Escalating Importance of Clinical Research
Babak J. Orandi
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Educating for Professionalism

Clinical Cases

Are Honorary Authorships Ethical?
Commentary by Mark T. Hughes
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:279-283.

Avoiding the Appearance of Faculty Favoritism
Commentary by Julie Freischlag
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:284-286.

Suspected Ethical Misconduct in Research
Commentary by Timothy M. Pawlik
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:287-290.

Medical Education

NIH Ethics Education Programs and Initiatives: Training the Next Generation of Clinical and Translational Researchers
Emily Abdoler
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:291-296.

Journal Discussion

Prying Open the File Drawer
Garrett M. Sparks
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:297-300.

Clinical Pearl

Shared Decision Making Requires Statistical Literacy
Chandra Y. Osborn
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:301-305.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

Institutional Review Board Liability for Adverse Outcomes
Micah R. Onixt and Robyn L. Sterling
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:306-310.

Policy Forum

The History and Role of Institutional Review Boards
Margaret R. Moon and Felix Khin-Maung-Gyi
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:311-321.

Medicine and Society

Priority Setting in Biomedical Research
Rebecca Dresser
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:322-325.

History, Art, and Narrative

History of Medicine

Politics of Participation: Walter Reedís Yellow-Fever Experiments
Akhil Mehra
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:326-330.

Medical Narrative

Volunteers and the Great Unknown: Interview with Clinical-Trial Participants
Amanda Redig
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:331-334.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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About the Contributors
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