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A study of public opinion on the use of tissue samples from living subjects for clinical research

Lookup NU author(s): Reverend Bryan Vernon


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Aims: To assess public opinion on the use of tissue samples from living adults and children for clinical research. Methods: A questionnaire study of 100 healthy volunteers (100% response rate) from a Newcastle NHS dental practice. The issues investigated were the types of tissues that individuals were prepared to donate for research, the type of research donors would be prepared to consent to, and attitudes to research on children's tissues. Results: Eighteen per cent of the participants said that they would not give consent for research to be carried out on their tissues, 50% would not give consent for the donation of a child's tissues. Only 26% of subjects said that they would give consent for research on genetic cloning compared with 82% for cancer research. Sex differences existed in the responses. Conclusions: Greater research attention needs to be given to public opinion on the use of tissue from living subjects for medical research to facilitate drafting of new legislation.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Goodson ML, Vernon BG

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Clinical Pathology

Year: 2004

Volume: 57

Issue: 2

Pages: 135-138

Print publication date: 01/02/2004

ISSN (print): 0021-9746

ISSN (electronic): 1472-4146

Publisher: BMJ Group


DOI: 10.1136/jcp.2003.9886

PubMed id: 14747435


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