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Training for members of research ethics committees (RECs) varies from state to state in Europe. To follow this up, the European Forum for Good Clinical Practice organised a workshop in March 2007 to explore these issues and look for solutions. This article summarises the discussion, providing ways forward to develop REC training.
The standard management of air leaks due to persistent bronchopleural fistula involves chest drainage and occasionally pleurodesis, with intractable cases requiring surgical decortication or surgical repair. However, some of these patients may be at high risk for surgery, particularly if they have already had thoracic surgery or have other medical problems;(More)
Criticism of ethical review of research continues and research ethics committees (RECs) need to demonstrate that they are "fit for purpose" by meeting acknowledged standards of process, debate and outcome. This paper reports a workshop in Warsaw in April 2008, organised by the European Forum for Good Clinical Practice, on the problems of setting standards(More)
We assessed the morbidity and mortality of subjects with transiently elevated diastolic pressure in the General Practice Hypertension Study Group (GPHSG) population. A total of 23 578 patients (aged 18-65 years) from seven UK general practices were screened in 1974 for a diastolic blood pressure (DBP4) of > or = 90 mmHg. Two further readings of DBP4(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Persistent air leak (PAL) poses a significant challenge to the thoracic surgeon. Of the numerous methods employed to manage this problem, autologous blood 'patch' pleurodesis (ABPP) remains one of the most controversial, seemingly due to a lack of robust data and consensus of opinion regarding its efficacy, technique of application and its(More)
  • Frank Wells
  • Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
  • 2010
In 1999, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, the Royal College of Physicians of London, and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine convened a consensus conference on Misconduct in Biomedical Research. The conference concluded that a national panel should be established – with public(More)
Biomedical researchers in the UK have made major contributions to disease prevention and patient care through the publication of a large quantity of research evidence in peer-reviewed journals. Isolated (but well publicized) instances of deliberate misconduct (fraud) in clinical research by doctors in the UK have been reported to, and dealt with by, the(More)