Communication Training for Obtaining Informed Consent for Medical Research

  • N. Ananthakrishnan


Medical practice requires constant interaction between health care providers and those who seek care at these facilities. In addition, modern medicine also requires a strong focus on continued research for the benefit of mankind. It is estimated that the doubling time of medical knowledge in 1950 was 50 years; in 1980, 7 years; and in 2010, 3.5 years. In 2020, it is projected to be 0.2 years—just 73 days [1]. According to an estimate, students who join medicine in 2010 would experience three doublings before they complete the course, and those who join in 2020 would experience four doublings [1]. Medical research on either patients or other subjects/volunteers has, therefore, become an undeniable existential fact of medical practice.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Ananthakrishnan
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  1. 1.Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (Deemed-to-be University)PondicherryIndia

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