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January 4, 2006

Implications of Disclosing Individual Results of Clinical Research

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2006;295(1):37-38. doi:10.1001/jama.295.1.37-a

To the Editor: In their Commentary, Mr Shalowitz and Dr Miller1 discuss implications of respect for participants on disclosing individual results of clinical research. We agree that “respect for participants underlies the responsibilities of investigators to communicate the aggregate conclusions of clinical research to participants.” However, to extrapolate and require the communication of individual results is based on the therapeutic (or, in this case, diagnostic) misconception.