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date: 22 January 2020

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The nature of neuropsychiatric disorders raises questions and concerns that must be addressed for research on these disorders to proceed ethically. This chapter discusses the rationale for both conceptual and empirical ethics work related to psychiatric research, focusing in particular on informed consent, decision-making capacity, and voluntarism. The extant literature regarding the abilities of people with mental illness to provide informed consent to research is reviewed. Also discussed are the ethical implications of co-occurring problems frequently faced by people with mental illness. Finally, the types of conceptual and empirical work that are needed to move psychiatric research ethics forward are discussed.

Keywords: informed consent, decision-making capacity, voluntarism, ethics, psychiatric research

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