Medical Researchers’ Ancillary-Care Obligations: A Neglected Issue

Henry S. Richardson

in Moral Entanglements

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780195388930
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979196 | DOI:
Medical Researchers’ Ancillary-Care Obligations: A Neglected Issue

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This chapter introduces the neglected issue of medical researchers’ ancillary-care obligations—their obligations to provide medical care that their research subjects need, but that is not required in order to carry out the study soundly and safely—via a series of examples. The issue, which first came to prominence in the context of HIV vaccine trials in developing countries, puts our understandings of the role obligations of medical researchers under pressure, revealing difficulties with assimilating them either to clinicians or to bench scientists. While the grounds for providing ancillary care include general duties incumbent on all people, such as the duty of rescue, crucial to any account of medical researchers’ ancillary-care obligations is a good understanding of why they owe special ancillary-care obligations to participants in their studies. This special ancillary-care obligation goes beyond what rescue requires.

Keywords: research ethics; ancillary care; rescue; role obligations; developing countries; HIV vaccine trials

Chapter.  6540 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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