Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2009.931
Title: The obligation to participate in biomedical research
Authors: Schaefer G.O. 
Emanuel E.J.
Wertheimer A.
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Schaefer G.O., Emanuel E.J., Wertheimer A. (2009). The obligation to participate in biomedical research. JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association 302 (1) : 67-72. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2009.931
Abstract: The current prevailing view is that participation in biomedical research is above and beyond the call of duty. While some commentators have offered reasons against this, we propose a novel public goods argument for an obligation to participate in biomedical research. Biomedical knowledge is a public good, available to any individual even if that individual does not contribute to it. Participation in research is a critical way to support an important public good. Consequently, all have a duty to participate. The current social norm is that individuals participate only if they have a good reason to do so. The public goods argument implies that individuals should participate unless they have a good reason not to. Such a shift would be of great aid to the progress of biomedical research, eventually making society significantly healthier and longer lived. ©2009 American Medical Association. All rights reserved.
Source Title: JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/156609
ISSN: 00987484
DOI: 10.1001/jama.2009.931
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