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Shared responsibility for ensuring appropriate management of incidental findings: a case study from South Africa
  1. Yukteshwar Sookrajh1,
  2. Sarita Naidoo1,
  3. Gita Ramjee1,2,
  4. The MDP Team
  1. 1HIV Prevention Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council, Durban, South Africa
  2. 2Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Sarita Naidoo, HIV Prevention Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council, Durban 3630, South Africa; sarita.naidoo{at}


We report the case of an HIV prevention clinical trial participant who was referred to a local hospital for investigation and management of an incidental finding unrelated to her study participation. This case illustrates the complexities in the management of incidental findings within the context of clinical trials and highlights the importance of ethical oversight of trials.

Trial registration number Protocol number ISRCTN64716212.

  • Clinical trials
  • Research Ethics

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