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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health

, 2:39

Psychopharmacological research in paediatric populations


Research in psychopharmacology for children and adolescents is fraught with ethical problems and tensions. This has practical consequences as it leads to a paucity of the research that is essential to support the treatment of this vulnerable group. In this article, we will discuss some of the ethical issues which are relevant to such research, and explore their implications for both research and standard care. We suggest that finding a way forward requires a willingness to acknowledge and discuss the inherent conflicts between the ethical principles involved. Furthermore, in order to facilitate more, ethically sound psychopharmacology research in children and adolescents, we suggest more ethical analysis, empirical ethics research and ethics input built into psychopharmacological research design.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1753-2000-2-39 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Jacinta OA Tan and Michael Koelch contributed equally to this work.

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Autor: Jacinta OA Tan - Michael Koelch


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