Medical Experiments Term Paper

Length: 3 pages Sources: 3 Subject: Children Type: Term Paper Paper: #75410058 Related Topics: Medical, Bioethics, Uganda, Ethical Dilemma
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Ethical Dilemma: case study of clinical trial on a child

The field of medicine and research has been surrounded by issue of experiments in order to have the conclusive result of the effectiveness of a drug or otherwise. These results can only be obtained if the drugs are at times used on human beings with the real medical problem that the experiment seeks to find solution to. The problem of ethical dilemma often comes in at such stages on whether to go ahead to experiment on the effectiveness of the new drug or not.

Ethical dilemma refers to the situation that is deemed complex since it involves some element of mental conflict between moral imperatives that is one goes ahead and obeys one, it will mean the transgression of another (Braunack-Meyer A.J., 2001). The individual does not have a clear cut direction on which option to go for, despite there being a need for an action to be taken and the experiment to be carried out since the disease prevails at that particular moment that the experiment is to be carried out and the consequences of the disease are evident.

In the case of the child with


The parent of the child, knowing that the child has cancer and may die of it, opts for the experimental treatment with hopes that it words for the child, but the child, also aware of his suffering from cancer and the possibility of the new treatment method working, declines to participate in the medical experiment. The law and the informed consent requirement remains in place and this is one of the central bioethics that the law seeks to protect at all costs. It is required that the child has to give a willing and conscious consent of participation in any medical experimentation (Spriggs M., 2010:Pp5). The consent of the child is not negotiable as long as they are conscious and this was the case that was presented in this particular case study where the parent was being used to influence the child to change his stand on the experiment and accept to participate in it instead of resisting the experimental treatment in totality.

Generally, the medical experiments are assisted by willing participants when some facts are put straight and the participant is assured of. One of the conditions is that when the experiment to be conducted is deemed to create or bring more good or advantages to the willing participant and at the same…

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Braunack-Meyer A.J., (2001). What makes a problem an ethical problem? An empirical perspective on the nature of ethical problems in general practice. Retrieved November 29, 2014 from

Pier B.K., (2007). Children, Gillick Competency and Consent for Involvement in Research. Retrieved November 29, 2014 from

Spriggs M., (2010). Understanding Consent in Research Involving Children: The ethical Issues. Retrieved November 29, 2014 from

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