Making research a requirement of treatment: why we should sometimes let doctors pressure patients to participate in research

Hastings Cent Rep. Sep-Oct 2005;35(5):20-8.


When a patient could be offered one of multiple established treatments, doctors should be able to offer treatment only if the patient agrees to participate in research aimed at determining which of the treatments is most effective. Making treatment conditional on research participation will help researchers complete badly needed studies.

MeSH terms

  • Choice Behavior
  • Coercion*
  • Controlled Clinical Trials as Topic / ethics
  • Decision Making*
  • Ethics, Clinical
  • Ethics, Medical
  • Ethics, Research
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent
  • Patient Selection / ethics*
  • Physician-Patient Relations / ethics
  • Public Opinion
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic / ethics
  • Research Subjects / supply & distribution*
  • Researcher-Subject Relations / ethics
  • Therapeutic Human Experimentation / ethics*
  • Trust
  • United States