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Medical News & Perspectives
December 12, 2007

Aiding Emergency Research Aim of Report on Exceptions to Informed Consent

JAMA. 2007;298(22):2608-2609. doi:10.1001/jama.298.22.2608

Since 1996, when new US federal regulations required researchers and institutional review boards (IRBs) to obtain exceptions from standard informed consent for studies involving patients with emergency or life-threatening conditions, IRBs have been reluctant to approve such research, causing a limited number of such studies to be conducted. But new recommendations that offer a template to help IRBs and researchers designing trials meet these regulations may help remedy this situation.