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April 18, 2001

Protecting the Privacy of Family Members in Research

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;285(15):1960-1963. doi:10.1001/jama.285.15.1960

To the Editor: In his article on protecting the privacy of family members in research,1 Dr Botkin notes that 1 part of the required 4-part criterion within the Common Federal Rule2 for waiver of informed consent is that the "research could not practically be carried out without the waiver or alteration." Botkin also uses "Practicality of Research Without a Waiver" as the title of a section of the article.