Infants and clinical research: legal and ethical perspectives

Ng, May ORCID: 0000-0002-3449-0541
Infants and clinical research: legal and ethical perspectives. PhD thesis, University of Liverpool.

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This thesis presents an overview of legal and ethical aspects in relation to infants involved in clinical research. The future health of infants and children depend on clinical research which is an important part of medical progress. This thesis will show that there is a need for research involving infants but there are gaps in the current legal and ethical framework which are not readily applicable to research involving infants. There exist a mismatch between what is practised in relation to clinical research involving infants and the current regulatory approach. This has contributed to a lack of understanding and conflicting interpretations as to the way in which research is being conducted in this vulnerable population. There are significant challenges in trying to achieve a balance between what is socially good and the obligation to protect infants who participate in research. The principles of best interests standards and how it is applied in the context of research involving infants is explored. Therefore, the thesis aims at capturing the underlying legal, regulatory and ethical perspectives related to research involving infants and draws together key conclusions on how we might address the identified gaps in the current legal and ethical framework

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information: Date: 2014-09 (completed)
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2015 12:48
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2022 01:45
DOI: 10.17638/02003099