Informed consent in clinical research
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Informed consent in clinical research

Andrew Pick Research charge nurse, Bradford Institute for Health Research, Bradford Royal Infirmary, West Yorkshire
Shelley Berry Research sister, Bradford Institute for Health Research, Bradford Royal Infirmary, West Yorkshire
Kayleigh Gilbert Research administrator, Bradford Institute for Health Research, Bradford Royal Infirmary, West Yorkshire
James McCaul Consultant maxillofacial/head and neck surgeon, Bradford Institute for Health Research, Bradford Royal Infirmary, West Yorkshire

Since increasing numbers of patients are asked to take part in clinical trials, nurses need to be aware of the principles of valid, informed consent. This article explores consent, which aims to protect the rights, safety and wellbeing of patients. In particular, the history of consent in research and the elements involved in obtaining informed consent from potential participants in research studies are discussed.

Nursing Standard. 27, 49,44-47. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.08.27.49.44.e7559

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 22 January 2013

Accepted: 31 May 2013