Two concepts of therapeutic optimism.

  title={Two concepts of therapeutic optimism.},
  author={Lynn A Jansen},
  journal={Journal of medical ethics},
  volume={37 9},
Researchers and ethicists have long been concerned about the expectations for direct medical benefit expressed by participants in early phase clinical trials. Early work on the issue considered the possibility that participants misunderstand the purpose of clinical research or that they are misinformed about the prospects for medical benefit from these trials. Recently, however, attention has turned to the possibility that research participants are simply expressing optimism or hope about their… CONTINUE READING