Reviving Informed Consent: Using Risk Perception in Clinical Trials

By: Dana Ziker The current doctrine of informed consent falls far short of its potential to serve as a valuable safeguard for human research subjects. Instead of providing a channel of communication between physician and subject, informed consent is a lifeless entity responsible for a large portion of the misunderstanding existing between these parties. Acknowledging risk perception principles may help transform the informed consent process into an effective communication of health risks. Download Full Article (PDF) Cite: 2003 Duke L. & Tech. Rev. 0015