In an article published earlier today, OHSU’s Lynn A. Jansen, RN, PhD (left), associate director of the Center for Ethics in Health Care, talks with the New York Times about the dangers of unrealistic optimism for early-phase clinical trial patients. Dr. Jensen is lead author on a recent paper describing how cancer patients significantly overestimate the likelihood a clinical trial will improve their health in comparison to other participants in the same trial. According to the Times article:
Dr. Jansen and her colleagues are hoping next to delineate the factors involved in evoking this biased response in patients. By gaining a deeper appreciation of how unrealistic optimism develops, they believe they may be able to help patients and cancer researchers more easily recognize those optimistic biases that impair a patient’s autonomy and compromise the ethics of clinical trials. Read more.
Other OHSU research in the news
Later this evening, ABC World News Tonight and Nightline will be airing stories on obesity research conducted at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC). Read our blog post from last week about this fascinating study.