Table 3

Studies reporting public opinion of research without consent – Findings

Author

Sample

No of subjects

% agreed with RWC

% would personally be enrolled without consent

Factors measured


risk not specified

minimal risk research

> minimal risk research

associated with attitude to RWC

not associated


Smithline & Gerstle (1998) [29]

Emergency Dept pts

204

-

-

73

50

Educational status and certain aspects of health status

Age, race, gender, perception of current acute illness.

McClure et al (2003) [31]

Emergency Dept pts & visitors

500+

34

70

75

50

Race

Gender, religion, education, insurance status, knowledge of resuscitation medicine.

Abboud et al (2006) [32]

Emergency Dept pts

207

-

70

88

77

Study design, invasiveness of intervention, patient group

Age, race; marital status, living situation, religion, church attendance, education, having an advance directive

Geriatric Clinic pts

213

48

63

48

Geriatric clinic patients only – gender and health status

Goldstein et al (2007). [33]

Emergency Dept pts

473

51

57

-

-

Age, gender, race, ethnicity, education, insurance status, religion, confidence in current therapies & knowledge of requirements for RWC studies

Triner et al (2007) [34]

Emergency Dept pts & visitors

497

42

50

-

-

Age, Gender, ethnicity

Marital status, education.

Booth et al (2005) 12

Out-patients

362

84

-

92

67

None reported

None reported


not measured

Lecouturier et al. BMC Medical Ethics 2008 9:9   doi:10.1186/1472-6939-9-9

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