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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

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SALGADO RODRIGUEZ, Sonia Elena. Niños, niñas y adolescentes frente a la investigación clínica. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2002, vol.19, n.2, pp.125-133. ISSN 2215-5287.

In our country it is forbidden to investigate with non therapeutical means in children under age, although it happens anyway. Children can be included in clinical studies of treatments, only when the research offers potential benefits to them; the only exception is that his life, health or integrity are in danger. These clinical investigations do not follow a certain method of obtaining acknowledged information. No representative can decide over the life, integrity or health of the child in his/her charge. The child is not informed about the investigation he/she will be submitted to, neither will his/her point of view is taken into consideration; thus, ignoring fundamental rights of the young people.

Keywords : Clinic studies in childhood; ethic rules; childhood researches; integral protection; kids; superior interest; acknowledge information; right to life; life respect; health right; opinion right.

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