Jo Samanta

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Clinical research must meet contemporary professional, legal and ethical standards. Research governance aims to improve quality whilst safeguarding the interests of the public. Research on humans is covered by several internationally recognised ethical codes designed to protect persons from the hazards of experimental treatment. However, to date there is no(More)
Advance care planning is a process designed to enable patients to discuss and record their values and treatment preferences to inform future care in the event that they lose decision-making capacity. Current law provides for the appointment of a proxy decision-maker under a Lasting Power of Attorney, or advance decisions for treatment refusal. A further(More)
OBJECTIVES To identify the current practices of rheumatology nurse practitioners and ascertain their perceptions of how their role could be enhanced. METHOD A cross-sectional questionnaire study of currently employed nurse practitioners in rheumatology in the United Kingdom (UK) was undertaken. RESULTS 200 questionnaires were distributed and 118 nurses(More)
Demand for less invasive surgical intervention has increased in recent years resulting in surgeons occasionally being pressurised into adopting new techniques before evidence of safety and efficacy has been established. Unlike pharmaceutical research, most innovative surgical procedures enter surgical practice without regulatory oversight. This anomaly was(More)
The recent furore regarding the retention of human organs and tissue has resulted in a public outcry about medical practice in this area. Public inquiries have exposed a tradition of practice within the medical profession that was not concordant with contemporary ethical and legal standards. The legal framework governing this area, particularly the Human(More)