CLIC Research Ethics Forum: Clinical Care in the COVID-19 Era--Is there a Duty to Conduct Research?
Overview: The SAR-CoV-2 pandemic presents special challenges for physicians because, in the absence of proven therapies, their desire to help their patients can lead them to consider experimenting with interventions suggested by colleagues or touted by public figures. When do physicians at academic medical centers have the opportunity—and perhaps the obligation—to take the next step and evaluate novel interventions through controlled clinical trials?
Join Dr. Darcy Spicer, SC-CTSI in considering the ethical issues that arise in taking on the role of physician-investigator or in not undertaking research but instead using an unproven treatment as an individual experiment or simply providing standard treatment.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be better able to:
- Understand the relationship between clinical research and the practice of medicine.
- Explain why the urgency of treating patients in a pandemic does not support the uncontrolled use of unproven interventions.
- Recognize when a clinical trial would offer the safest and most rigorous way of trying a novel therapy with their patients.
- Engage with the health care system to acquire the data/knowledge needed to provide clinical benefit at an individual patient level.