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J Med Ethics 30:318-323 doi:10.1136/jme.2002.001065
  • Global medical ethics

Community based trials and informed consent in rural north India

  1. A DeCosta1,
  2. N D’Souza2,
  3. S Krishnan3,
  4. M S Chhabra3,
  5. I Shihaam3,
  6. K Goswami4
  1. 1Department of Pharmacology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
  2. 2Nishat Manzil, Shamla Hills, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
  3. 3All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
  4. 4Center for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
  1. Correspondence to:
 M S Chhabra
 Room 17, Hostel 7, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi 11029, India; manpreetchyahoo.com
  • Received 21 June 2002
  • Accepted 2 June 2003

Abstract

Disease control has increasingly shifted towards large scale, disease specific, public health interventions. The emerging problems of HIV, hepatitis, malaria, typhoid, tuberculosis, childhood pneumonia, and meningitis have made community based trials of interventions a cost effective long term investment for the health of a population. The authors conducted this study to explore the complexities involved in obtaining informed consent to participation in rural north India, and how people there make decisions related to participation in clinical research.

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