2007, Cilt 14, Sayı 2, Sayfa(lar) 082-091
An Ethical Problem: Drug Researches in Psychiatry and Nursing
Duygu HİÇDURMAZ1, Prof.Dr. Fatma ÖZ2
1Hacettepe Üniversitesi Hemşirelik Yüksekokulu Psikiyatri Hemşireliği A.D. Araştırma Görevlisi ve Doktora Öğrencisi
Hacettepe Üniversitesi Hemşirelik Yüksekokulu Psikiyatri Hemşireliği A.D. Başkanı
Keywords: Ethics, psychiatry, drug research, nursing

To reach scientific knowledge is the main goal in clinical drug research like in all research types. While in therapeutic researches that is administered in the light of this goal, the patient is both the goal and the means of the research, in non-theapeutic researches the patient is only the means of the research. Whether it is therapeutic or non- therapeutic, an independent, informed consent is necessary to be taken from patients who will take place in the research. Some patient groups are accepted as vulnerable about giving informed consent because of the missing abilities caused by their illnesses or not having the social power that is necessary to decide independently. Psychiatric patients are in the front sides of these groups. So, in drug researches that will be done in psychiatry it is necessary to be careful about rights of these patients by the team. In this paper, the situation of psychiatric nurses in drug researches as a team member in our country, the responsibilities they can have in research team and ethics committees have been presented in the light of rights of psychiatric patients as a vulnerable group and the roles of nurses.