Right to withdraw

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The right to withdraw is a concept in clinical research ethics that a study participant in a clinical trial has a right to end participation in that trial at will.

Children in research[edit]

When children participate in clinical research their parents or guardians must give assent for them to participate, but ethics dictate that even in this case it is best to get the consent of the research subject. Studies have shown that children participating in research have little understanding of the right to withdraw when they are presented with the option.[1] more information on right to withdraw can be found on this site: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15943021


Withdrawal from participating in biobank research is problematic for many reasons, including the fact that participant's data is often de-identified to grant research participant privacy.[2]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Ondrusek, N.; Abramovitch, R.; Pencharz, P.; Koren, G. (1998). "Empirical examination of the ability of children to consent to clinical research". Journal of Medical Ethics 24 (3): 158–165. doi:10.1136/jme.24.3.158. PMC 1377517. PMID 9650109.  edit
  2. ^ Eriksson, S.; Helgesson, G. (2005). "Potential harms, anonymization, and the right to withdraw consent to biobank research". European Journal of Human Genetics 13 (9): 1071–1076. doi:10.1038/sj.ejhg.5201458. PMID 15986039.  edit