Ethical Issues in the Care of the Patient Involved in Alzheimer’s Disease Research

  • Edward W. Campion
Part of the Contemporary Issues in Biomedicine, Ethics, and Society book series (CIBES)


To date, senile dementia of the Alzheimer’s type (SDAT) has been found only in human beings, so it is axiomatic that Alzheimer’s research must involve human subjects. These human subjects, of course, are patients with the disease under the care of physicians. If and when the SDAT patient becomes a research subject, complicated problems result concerning the rights of the patient and responsibilities of both physician and researcher. The first professional obligation of the physician is to the welfare of the patient and, particularly in Alzheimer’s, to the patient in the context of the family.1 There are, to be sure, other professional values to be promoted, including the development of medical knowledge, but the foremost obligation is to provide the best possible care of the patient, including the Alzheimer’s patient who may be a research subject.2 The interrelationships are complex between the duties of physican and researcher, and between the rights of patient and research subject.


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