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July 3, 2019

Ethical Considerations in Research on Suicide Prediction: Necessity as the Mother of Invention

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
JAMA Psychiatry. 2019;76(9):883-884. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.1228

Ethical concerns commonly arise in innovative human research when there are doubts about the merit of the scientific question at hand or about whether the research will yield sufficient new knowledge and potential benefits to justify the risks and burdens it poses. Other ethical questions also come up around the intrinsic vulnerability of the people or populations under study and the adequacy of human participant safeguards. Each of these considerations has at one time or another shaped attitudes toward the acceptability of innovative research on suicide and has also contributed to what many view as the scientific neglect of the widespread phenomenon of suicide.1

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