Development and Control of Ethical Behaviour in Psychiatric Research

  • Hanfried Hemlchen


Psychiatric research, especially applied research the results of which will have immediate clinical relevance, cannot be done without patients. The sufficient information of such research patients is requested by the Declaration of Helsinki/Tokyo. But particularly in psychiatric patients the validity and extent of informed consent may be restricted
  1. a)

    either by the patient’s reduced ability to understand or to consent,

  2. b)

    by a therapeutic privilege in respect to a patient’s limited endurance capacity, or

  3. c)

    by metholdological necessities, e.g. the use of a placebo.



Ethical Problem Ethical Question Public Community Psychiatric Research Control Body 
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  1. Helmchen, H., 1982, Ethical and practical problems in therapeutic research in psychiatry. Compreh.Psychiat., 23: 505–515CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hanfried Hemlchen
    • 1
  1. 1.Psychiatrische Klinik und PoliklinikFreie Universität BerlinBerlin 19Germany

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