“While the primary purpose of medical research is to generate new knowledge, this goal can never take precedence over the rights and interests of individual research subjects.” (Declaration of Helsinki)
It is one of the principal achievements of the biomedical sciences in the 20th century to establish the patient as a partner, rather than as a passive recipient of treatment. This is reflected in the weight given to questions of information, consent and patient engagement in the clinical setting, as well as in the research setting. At the same time, the way consent is obtained has not changed since the 1950s. We want to change this and bring consent into the 21st century.