Policy ForumMedical Research

Oversight Mechanisms for Clinical Research

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Science  28 Jan 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5453, pp. 595-597
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5453.595

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Clinical research provides a critical mechanism for the transformation of health care into a cost-effective and evidence-based system. Oversight of clinical research will require development of coherent means of protecting the rights of human subjects without unduly adding bureaucratic hurdles and costs that can hinder the protection intended.