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The risk-benefit task of research ethics committees: An evaluation of current approaches and the need to incorporate decision studies methods

  • Rosemarie D L C Bernabe1Email author,
  • Ghislaine J M W van Thiel1,
  • Jan A M Raaijmakers2 and
  • Johannes J M van Delden1
BMC Medical Ethics201213:6

DOI: 10.1186/1472-6939-13-6

Received: 5 April 2012

Accepted: 11 April 2012

Published: 20 April 2012

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11 Apr 2012 Editorially accepted
20 Apr 2012 Article published 10.1186/1472-6939-13-6

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Authors’ Affiliations

Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, Utrecht University Medical Center