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Clinical Trials: Dispelling Suspicions, Building Trust in Mali

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Science  27 Jun 2008:
Vol. 320, Issue 5884, pp. 1714
DOI: 10.1126/science.320.5884.1714

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Across West Africa, suspicions of Western medicine--and in particular the fear of being used as a guinea pig in clinical trials--run high. So winning the trust of the local community to enlist participants in clinical trials and ensure that consent is truly informed is a task that can't be undertaken lightly.