A commentary sheet about the use of blinding in clinical trials and trials that are too successful, with deleterious consequences. Based upon a humous Don Mayne cartoon, published to our Friday Arvo Funnies page. A useful commentary for discussion in professional development activities/resources about blinding and clinical trials.
This discussion activity explores a practical ethical challenge we have created ourselves. Consent strategies should be about individuals being able to make informed decisions about whether or not to take part in a research project. What we have ended up with are long documents and forms. They require potential participants to have considerable patience to wait for them and a degree of legal acumen. The objective now appears to be to establish why you can’t sue the researcher or their host institution.
To be valid and useful. a consent strategy must be appropriate and respectful of participants. It should be relevant for the research design and context. An information sheet and consent form that is signed should not be the default, standard or best approach. Consent material written for lawyers will probably ‘work’ for 0ther lawyers.