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Fifteen-minute consultation: an evidence-based approach to research without prior consent (deferred consent) in neonatal and paediatric critical care trials
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    Re:A different view of studies with deferred consent
    • Kerry Woolfall, Researcher
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    The author makes an interesting point about the current legislation and automatic inclusion of data in trials where prior informed consent is not possible.

    EU legislation focuses on when research without prior consent (RWPC) can occur and the need to obtain consent for continued participation, but does not cover the options for use of data collected prior to consent. The exception to this is where consent is not pr...

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    A different view of studies with deferred consent

    Thank you for outlining so clearly the current basis for "deferred consent" studies and suggesting good practice in dealing with the issues it raises. Unfortunately I believe that the current practice is the worst of possible worlds: not only do we submit vulnerable subjects to interventions without the expression of their/their parents' autonomy (ie consent), but also we risk losing any data obtained because we retrospect...

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