Department of Psychiatry
Medical Subject Headings
Beneficence; *Clinical Trials as Topic; *Cognition; *Decision Making; Disclosure; Goals; *Human Experimentation; Humans; *Informed Consent; Patient Care; Patient Participation; Patient Satisfaction; Research
Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology
A key component of informed consent to participate in medical research is the understanding that research is not the same as treatment.
However, studies have found that some research participants do not appreciate important differences between research and treatment, a phenomenon called “therapeutic misconception.”
A consistent definition of therapeutic misconception is missing from the literature, and this hinders attempts to define its prevalence or ways to reduce it.
This paper proposes a new definition and describes how it can be operationalized.
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Citation: PLoS Med. 2007 Nov 27;4(11):e324. Link to article on publisher's site