The Rights of Patients to Participate in Clinical Trials
Beginning with the Nuremberg trials, the rights of human subjects participating in clinical trials were codified, refined and expanded globally.
Groundbreaking at the time, these standards grew from Nazi experiments which violated human rights in egregious, abhorrent ways. These experiments were by no means the first ones, but for the first time in human history, the world recognized that human research subjects should be protected from unethical practices.
These protections have humanized the research process. They have also brought patients into partnership with investigators, enhancing the creation of new knowledge. In recent years patients have participated not only as subjects, but as collaborators in designing trials, and even recruiting other subjects.
The next logical question in research then, is “do patients have a right to participate in clinical studies?” If they do, how does this impact the traditional ways in which studies are designed, populated, and analyzed? If they have rights, do they also have responsibilities? If so, what are those responsibilities, and how would they be enforced within any setting in which rights are granted?
SageMyLife Reflections for Parents (e-Book PDF)
Through our lens, people are born into five networks created by their parents: a family network, a health and vitality network, an education and enrichment network, a spiritual network and a social and community network. As children grow and meet new people, their networks expand. As they reach adulthood, they mature into two others: a career network and a household network.
We’ve found that when people take even a little time to understand their networks, they find ways to make life better. When parents take the time to understand their children’s networks, it improves life for the whole family.