Informed Consent and Alzheimer Disease Research: Institutional Review Board Policies and Practices
It is the nature of Alzheimer Disease (AD) that patients will suffer impaired memory, failure of the ability to reason, and loss of competency (Marson et al., 1994). Thus the question of whether or not AD patients may grant informed consent to participation in dementia research is a compelling consideration for clinical investigators as well as Institutional Review Boards (IRBs).
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