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Clinicians as investigators

Posted by plosmedicine on 31 Mar 2009 at 00:18 GMT

Author: Maggie Frederick
Position: Review Coordinator
Institution: DSHS Human Research Review Section, Washington State
Submitted Date: December 14, 2007
Published Date: December 17, 2007
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"Clinicians who are in health care settings provide treatment; in a clinical trial setting, they are also investigating safety and efficacy of an intervention."

By including the "also", I think this concept is muddied, as is discussed in the article itself. "Treatment" means that the focus is on individual patient well-being, recovery, etc. But the word "also" implies that clinicians who conduct clinical trials are investigating safety and efficacy, AND providing treatment. The distinction between the two roles is more clear without the "also".

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