Researching scabies outbreaks among people in residential care and lacking capacity to consent: a case study

Head, Michael G, Walker, Stephen L, Nalabanda, Ananth, Bostock, Jennifer and Cassell, Jackie A (2015) Researching scabies outbreaks among people in residential care and lacking capacity to consent: a case study. Public Health Ethics. ISSN 1754-9973

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Abstract

Infectious disease outbreaks in residential care are complex to manage and difficult to control. Research in this setting that includes individuals who lack capacity must conform to national legislation (specifically in England and Wales, the Mental Capacity Act 2005). We report here on our study that is investigating outbreaks of scabies, an itchy skin infection, in the residential care setting in the southeast of England. There appears to be a gap in legislative advice regarding the inclusion of people who lack capacity in research that takes place during time-limited acute scenarios such as outbreaks. We received inconsistent advice from experts regarding, in particular, the role of nominated consultees. There is a potential inequality for vulnerable populations who cannot themselves provide informed consent in terms of their access to participation in a range of health-related research.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Primary Care and Public Health
Subjects: R Medicine > RL Dermatology
Depositing User: Jane Hale
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2015 15:54
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2015 15:54
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/53723
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