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CONTEXT Many countries have a shortage of kidneys available for transplantation. Paying people to donate kidneys is often proposed or justified as a way to benefit recipients by increasing the supply of organs and to benefit donors by improving their economic status. However, whether individuals who sell their kidneys actually benefit from the sale is(More)
Individuals with schizophrenia may show impaired capacity to make decisions about participating in research, yet these patients also show considerable heterogeneity in decisional abilities. Problems with procedures contribute to patients' difficulties in understanding consent forms. Few studies have focused on improving comprehension of research consent in(More)
OBJECTIVE The ability of individuals with schizophrenia to provide informed consent for research has become the focus of public debate. The authors examined whether a novel consent procedure improved the comprehension of consent for older patients with psychosis. METHOD Fifty outpatients with schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders and 19 normal(More)
We discuss key concepts and review 12 published research studies relevant to informed consent and decision-making capacity in the older population. The literature suggests that aging is associated with impaired decision-making capacity; the following additional factors amplify the detrimental effect of aging: lower vocabulary level, lower educational level,(More)
RATIONALE The numbers of older persons with psychiatric disorders are expected to rise rapidly in coming decades, yet most studies of the safety and efficacy of treatments for such disorders have focused on younger adults. A substantial expansion in research involving older patients is needed to meet the treatment needs of this fast growing group. A(More)
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