BMC Medical Ethics
(Accessed 20 May 2017)
A qualitative study on acceptable levels of risk for pregnant women in clinical research
Healthcare professionals, RECs, regulators and pregnant women are all risk adverse in practice, possibly explaining the continuing underrepresentation of pregnant women in clinical research. Determining the acceptable levels of risk on a universal level alone is insufficient, because the individual perception of risk also influences behaviour towards pregnant women in clinical research. Therefore, bioethicists and researchers might be interested in changing the perception of risk, which could be achieved by education and awareness about the actual benefits and harms of inclusion and exclusion of pregnant women.
Indira S. E. van der Zande, Rieke van der Graaf, Martijn A. Oudijk and Johannes J. M. van Delden
Published on: 15 May 2017