Rapid commentary: Ethical implications for clinical trialists and patients associated with COVID-19 research.
Delanerolle G., Rathod S., Elliot K., Ramakrishnan R., Thayanandan T., Sandle N., Haque N., Raymont V., Phiri P.
Pandemics disrupt clinical trials worldwide, with lasting effects on research. It can severely impact clinical trialists ability to conduct safe and ethically uncompromised trials. Hence, the mounting pressure results in ethically and morally distressing decisions faced by clinical trial professionals during pandemic situations. Whilst clinical trialists attempt to think about preparedness and responses during a pandemic, the need to have an ethical framework that has real-world applicability is imperative. Pandemics are a challenging time for all, however, the safety and access to support for clinical trialists and patients within clinical trials should be at the forefront for their organisations and the government.