Working in Vulnerable Patient Populations: Research in the Cognitively Impaired

Research involving cognitively impaired patients requires researchers to take extra precautions to protect these patients. We need to consider how we simultaneously protect patients who are cognitively impaired or may become cognitively impaired during a study with the need to include this population as part of our research. This article addresses:

  • Informed consent
  • Identifying legally authorized representatives (LARs)
  • Limiting risk