“At Least It Was My Way of Fighting Back”

Newswise.com: Released: 4/6/2012 10:45 AM EDT  Source: University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Newswise — In one of the first studies of its kind,University of Pennsylvania School of Nursingresearchers have identified what cancer patients consider the “benefits and burdens” of participating in clinical research trials. From their findings, the researchers developed a model of the five elements of decision-making (physical, psychological, economic, familial, and social) that patients with cancer use to determine whether to participate or remain in a clinical trial.

These findings can help researchers address factors leading to research participation and in ensuring voluntary, informed consent in clinical trials, explained lead author Connie M. Ulrich, PhD, RN, of Penn Nursing, in The American Journal of Bioethics Primary Research. “Clinical research is imperative to generate knowledge that will reduce the morbidity and mortality of human disease,” she wrote. Read More