Code of Medical Ethics: Research & innovation
Physicians performing clinical research have responsibilities to their patients. Find out how to protect the rights and safety of research participants.
Using Wikipedia for medical research? What to watch for
Health information on the internet should be guided by the same ethical principles that apply to clinical practice. Physicians are key backstops.
When your clinical trial patient has the wrong idea
Patients can hold the false belief that they might benefit directly from participating in trials. A researcher recommends ways to minimize this risk.
Expanded Access to Investigational Therapies
Physicians should become familiar with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s “expanded access” program so as to supply answers to patients who are seeking access to investigational therapy.
Genome editing and the AMA Code of Medical Ethics
The AMA Code of Medical Ethics has guidance to help physicians navigate the tricky terrain presented by genetic engineering.
Commercial Use of Human Biological Materials
Physicians must not allow the commercial potential of a patient’s tissue to influence professional judgment.
Research With Stem Cells
Clinical studies have validated the use of adult stem cells in a limited number of therapies, but have yet to confirm the utility of embryonic stem cells.
Safeguards in the Use of DNA Databanks
Breach of confidentiality of information contained in DNA databanks may result in discrimination or stigmatization.
Research in Gene Therapy & Genetic Engineering
Physicians should not engage in research involving gene therapy or genetic engineering with human participants except under specific conditions.