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Pectoriloquy |

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Joseph Keefe, EdD
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Editor’s Note:The author writes, “I have served on the IRB at the Metrowest Medical Center since 1994. Years of being involved with informed consent documents prompted me to write this piece.”

Editor’s note for authors of submissions to Pectoriloquy: Poems should not exceed 350 words, should not have been previously published, and should be related to concerns of physicians and medicine. First submissions to the Pectoriloquy Section should be submitted via e-mail to poetrychest@aol.com. Authors of accepted poems will be asked to submit the final version to CHEST Manuscript Central.

—Michael Zack, MD, FCCP

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Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;150(6):1403. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.07.020
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    Agreement to participate,
    Blueprint of the investigation,
    Details the why and how of the treatment,
    One’s expected experiences as volunteer,
    Sets forth criteria for participation.

    Answers the question, Why me?
    Describes the extent of the screening,
    Explains the nature of randomization,
    Differences in arms of the study,
    Disclaimers address benefits to participating.

    Does not shy away from truth,
    Impact of experimental drug enumerated,
    Quality of life becomes matter of judgment,
    Seminal questions for volunteer: Will it aid me?
    Willingness to trust the investigator exhibited.

    No answers to some questions available,
    Stats from other trials at best indicators,
    Need to seek advice from family and friends,
    Digging deep to find in heart and mind courage,
    To assume mantle of strength near heroic.


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