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Ethics in pediatrics - English


Jan 1995 - Jan 1995

Funding body:



Abteilung Ethik und Geschichte der Medizin der Universität Göttingen

Humboldtallee 36

37073 Göttingen


Phone: +49-(0)551-39-9006 Fax: +49-(0)551-39-9554

URL: http://www.med.uni-goettingen.de/egm/

Short Description:

The research project focuses on the theory and practice of research with minors. The ethics of research with children is still a neglected field of interest. However, this group deserves special attention because some ethical aspects of research with children significantly differ from those of adult individuals not able to consent. The project particularly focuses on the practice of reviewing and conducting research. We evaluate the attitudes of ethical review boards towards paediatric research projects through a questionnaire drawning upon standard cases. Moreover, we conduct semi-structured, in-depth interviews with physicians, nurses and parents of sick children, who were involved in a randomised clinical trial. In this qualitative empirical study, we analyse how different perspectives on clinical research have an impact on the perception of the ethical problems involved.

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