Ethical issues and best practice in clinically based genomic research: Exeter Stakeholders Meeting Report
Journal of Medical Ethics
BMJ Publishing Group
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Current guidelines on consenting individuals to participate in genomic research are diverse. This creates problems not only for participants, but also for researchers, particularly for clinicians who provide both clinical care and research to their patients. A group of fourteen stakeholders met on the 7th of October 2015 in Exeter to discuss ethical issues and best practice arising in clinically based genomic research, with particular emphasis on the issue of returning results to study participants/patients in light of research findings affecting research and clinical practices. The group was deliberately multidisciplinary to ensure that a diversity of views was represented. This report outlines the main ethical issues, areas of best practice, and principles underlying ethical clinically based genomic research discussed during the meeting. The main point emerging from the discussion is that ethical principles, rather than being formulaic, should guide researchers/clinicians to identify who the main stakeholders are to consult with for a specific project and to incorporate their voices/views strategically throughout the lifecycle of each project. We believe that the mix of principles and practical guidelines outlined in this report can contribute to current debates on how to conduct ethical clinically based genomic research.
Economic and Social Research Council (Impact Accelerator Account SL-06879)
This is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from the publisher via the DOI in this record. First published online: 27 September 2016