Competency to Consent to Research

  • Barbara Stanley
Part of the Contemporary Issues in Biomedicine, Ethics, and Society book series (CIBES)


A determination of competency must be made prior to recruiting an individual as a research subject. If a person is considered to be incompetent, special protection must be afforded him or her before participation in research is permissible. By convention, this special protection is provided by obtaining the consent of a legal guardian, if one has been appointed, or a competent close relative. Thus, some form of competent consent is a prerequisite for almost any research and as a result the determination of competency plays an important role in the research process.


Medical Patient Psychiatric Patient Special Protection Valid Consent Factual Comprehension 
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