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Moral EntanglementsThe Ancillary-Care Obligations of Medical Researchers$
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Henry S. Richardson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195388930

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388930.001.0001

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Limits on the Waiver of Ancillary-Care Obligations

Limits on the Waiver of Ancillary-Care Obligations

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(p.133) Chapter 5 Limits on the Waiver of Ancillary-Care Obligations
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Moral Entanglements
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Henry S. Richardson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388930.003.0005

If it were permissible for researchers to ask potential participants to waive their ancillary-care claims up front, no account of these claims and their correlative obligations would have much practical import. Conceding that it is possible for participants to waive these claims, this chapter notes two kinds of moral obstacles to soliciting such waivers. The first is that (as argued in Chapter 3) researchers’ special ancillary-care obligations are ultimately grounded in a special responsibility towards their participants. Accordingly, even if the participants then turned around and also waived their ancillary-care claims, then, while that might extinguish researchers’ special obligations, narrowly understood, it would not extinguish their special responsibilities towards these participants. Secondly, because of asymmetries in medical knowledge between researchers and participants, important moral considerations call on medical researchers to exercise restraint in soliciting waivers of ancillary-care claims.

Keywords:   research ethics, ancillary care, waiver, inalienable rights

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