Journal article

'Poking the skunk': Ethical and medico-legal concerns in research about patients' experiences of medical injury

Jennifer Schulz Moore, Michelle M Mello, Marie Bismark

BIOETHICS | WILEY | Published : 2019


Improving how health care providers respond to medical injury requires an understanding of patients' experiences. Although many injured patients strongly desire to be heard, research rarely involves them. Institutional review boards worry about harming participants by asking them to revisit traumatic events, and hospital staff worry about provoking lawsuits. Institutions' reluctance to approve this type of research has slowed progress toward responses to injuries that are better able to meet patients' needs. In 2015-2016, we were able to surmount these challenges and interview 92 injured patients and families in the USA and New Zealand. This article explores whether the ethical and medico-le..

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