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Ethics in Cardiology Research in the CCL
WHEREAS, research is essential for developing knowledge to benefit patients with cardiac disease, and
WHEREAS, ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence, and justice should underlie the conduct of research in critical care units, and
WHEREAS, informed consent and peer review are two mechanisms to ensure that ethical principles are observed, and
WHEREAS, any research conducted in cardiac catheterization laboratories directly or indirectly affects the practice's of health care professionals, and
WHEREAS, all health care providers have an obligation to protect patients from unnecessary harm and unethical practices,
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED THAT, The Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals therefore supports conduct of research in a manner which assures that patients give informed consent for study participation, and conduct of research in a manner which assures that patients' rights continue to be safeguarded during conduct of the study.
To facilitate these goals, the Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals advocates that:
- Health care institutions establish formal multidisciplinary peer review boards to ensure that ethical principles which underlie the conduct of research are followed when research is conducted.
- Cardiovascular administrations establish procedures which ensure communication between the investigator and the health care professionals involved in conducting the study so that adequate information regarding the research and its risks and possible benefits are understood by health care professionals who:
- function in the care giver role for patients involved in research studies,
- assist the researcher with data collection, c) are directly responsible for unit management, or d) are asked to answer questions of patient participants regarding study participation.
- Cardiovascular administrations establish mechanisms for addressing staff concerns about cardiovascular research.
Patients suffering from cardiovascular disease are in a position to benefit greatly from the results of research. These patients also constitute a potentially vulnerable population due to physiological, psychological, pharmacological, and environmental influences. It is, therefore, important to ensure that ethical principles underlie the conduct of any research involving the critically ill. Informed consent and peer review of research are two essential mechanisms for ensuring that basic ethical principles are observed when research involves human subjects.
Charles C. Barbiere, RN, CCRN, RCVT, CCT, CRTT, EMT
President, SICP 7-16-96