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Biomedical Ethics in Performing Arts Medicine Research

Ralph A. Manchester
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 22 Number 3: Page 87 (September 2007)

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Abstract: As the field of performing arts medicine continues to advance, it is essential that we maintain the trust that has been built over the last quarter century with the dancers, musicians, and other performing artists we serve. Trust is a precious commodity that is built over time, largely between individual health care professionals and the patients for whom they care. However, other things we do (or don¿t do) can have a major influence on the trust and confidence that others place in us. One of these is research and the way we conduct research, especially when it involves human subjects. The public¿s confidence in medical researchers has been shaken in the last few years as the result of a few well-publicized ¿bad outcomes¿ in clinical studies being done at leading academic medical centers in the U.S. and elsewhere. While we are unlikely to do gene-transfer or new drug development studies in an effort to address the health problems of musicians and dancers, we should still hold ourselves to the same ethical standards that apply to the rest of the healthcare world.

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