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Research with children and young people: not on them

04 May 2016

"It is not ethical to conduct research on children." This comment is typical of objections in the past to studies with children. The continuing legacy of this viewpoint is that today's evidence base for the care provided to children is not as strong as it could be. Thankfully, however, this is now changing. We have learnt that, rather than protecting children and young people from research, we need to protect them through research and there is now a strong recognition of the need for ethically and scientifically robust ways to conduct relevant clinical research with children.1 The recent Nuffield Council on Bioethics report Children and clinical research: ethical issues is helping the continued evolution of this thinking.2 This article summarises some of its main findings and recommendations.

The report examined the question: how can we ethically undertake the research needed to ensure their healthcare services are safe...

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Archives of Disease in Childhood