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Are Patients with Psychiatric Disorders “Uniquely” Vulnerable in the Context of DBS Research?

Laura B. Dunn and Paul E. Holtzheimer

in Research Involving Participants with Cognitive Disability and Difference

Published in print September 2019 | ISBN: 9780198824343
Published online October 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780191863165 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198824343.003.0018
Are Patients with Psychiatric Disorders “Uniquely” Vulnerable in the Context of DBS Research?

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As investigators look to “next-generation” deep brain stimulation (DBS) approaches, renewed enthusiasm is emerging for DBS for psychiatric disorders. This commentary on Chapter 13 (“Informed Consent for Next-Generation Deep Brain Stimulation Psychiatric Research: Engaging End Users to Understand Risks and Improve Practice”) provides additional insight into the challenges related to informed consent described by Klein. We argue that the sorts of vulnerability described by Klein warrant further attention, in particular, to help address the question of whether patients with psychiatric disorders are uniquely vulnerable, in ways that patients with other illnesses are not. Ethics research, such as that conducted by Klein, in which end users of brain-based devices are interviewed, is critical. It will also be important to compare brain-based intervention research with other forms of research; we do not want to end up engaging in ethics “exceptionalism” as a result of failure to conduct rigorous studies on ethics-related questions.

Keywords: deep brain stimulation; DBS; informed consent; vulnerability; brain–machine interfaces; ethics; qualitative research

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Subjects: Cognition and Behavioural Neuroscience ; Neuroscientific Techniques

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