Understanding Therapeutic Misconceptions Associated with Clinical Trial Enrollment

Patient Safety

Brandon May writing for Medical Bag notes therapeutic misconception is a trial participant’s erroneous belief that that the medical care received during a clinical trial is made for their personal benefit — confusing their role as a patient and a research participant. Research ethics required that both physicians and patients understand the benefits as well as the risks of medical care, regardless of whether that care is approved or investigational in nature. Informed consent should be a continuous discussion, according to Dr McCormick, in which “a participant is reminded of the voluntary nature of her participation, the potential risks and benefits to her, and the purpose of her participation.”  Select the link to Medical Bag below to conclude this interesting opinion.