Making the decision about enrolment in a randomised controlled trial

Tracey J. Stone

in Researchers and their 'subjects'

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9781861345141
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303220 | DOI:
Making the decision about enrolment in a randomised controlled trial

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This chapter describes the decision making of a purposively sampled group of oncology patients about taking part in a randomised controlled trial (RCT). The data presented in this chapter was gathered for a NHS-sponsored PhD project, with the aim of giving feed back to local clinical researchers and Research Ethics Committees in order to improve the process of future patients. This chapter, therefore, is structured around the idea of choice, of what participants understood of their choice to be, and to what extent they felt free to choose. This has associated implications for the ethical requirement of voluntariness in informed consent. Features of the process that they felt made the decisions more or less difficult is covered in this chapter including the variances in attitudes to the risks contingent in research involvement and the way in which information about risk was used. The roles of self-interest and altruism in deciding whether to agree to take part in research are also discussed in this chapter.

Keywords: decision making; oncology patients; randomised controlled trial; Research Ethics Committees; choice; free to choose; requirement of voluntariness; informed consent; research involvement

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Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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