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April 16, 2014

Cost-Related Motivations for Conducting Research: Participants Should Be Informed

Author Affiliations
  • 1Clinical Center, Department of Bioethics, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
  • 2The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2014;311(15):1491-1492. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.1821

Many groups in the United States are concerned about the increasing cost of health services and have sought to reduce health care spending while maintaining the quality of care. A promising approach to this goal is to conduct more head-to-head clinical trials that compare the effectiveness of less expensive treatment options with that of more costly treatments. However, this type of research raises questions about how the purposes of the studies are presented to potential research participants.