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January 4, 2006

Implications of Disclosing Individual Results of Clinical Research—Reply

Author Affiliations

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

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

In Reply: Drs Clayton and Ross claim that our recommendations conflate the purposes of clinical care and research and, thus, promote the therapeutic misconception. We agree that it is important to consider research and therapy as separate and distinct activities.1,2 However, our position does not conflate research and therapy. Such an effect is more likely a result of the current ethics guidelines, which limit disclosure to results judged by health care professionals to have clinical utility.