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Poll shows public confidence affected by who vets clinical studies

An Ipsos MORI survey of 1,295 people has concluded that public confidence in health research is increased when ethics committees and patients have been involved in designing the study.

The survey, which questioned people during a series of workshops held in England, was commissioned by the Health Research Authority. It quotes 77 per cent of respondents as saying they would feel more confident in a study if they were made aware that a Research Ethics Committee had reviewed it.

Forty-four per cent of respondents thought that involving patients to ensure that the information given to participants was meaningful and easy to understand would increase their confidence in the study. A further 49 per cent were not sure either way and very few thought it would reduce their confidence.

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