Journal article

Facing the Ethical Challenges: Consumer Involvement in COVID-19 Pandemic Research

N Straiton, A McKenzie, J Bowden, A Nichol, R Murphy, T Snelling, J Zalcberg, J Clements, J Stubbs, A Economides, D Kent, J Ansell, T Symons

Journal of Bioethical Inquiry | SPRINGER | Published : 2020


Consumer involvement in clinical research is an essential component of a comprehensive response during emergent health challenges. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the moderation of research policies and regulation to facilitate research may raise ethical issues. Meaningful, diverse consumer involvement can help to identify practical approaches to prioritize, design, and conduct rapidly developed clinical research amid current events. Consumer involvement might also elucidate the acceptability of flexible ethics review approaches that aim to protect participants whilst being sensitive to the challenging context in which research is taking place. This article describes the main ethical challenge..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The Australian Clinical Trials Alliance (ACTA) gratefully acknowledges operational funding from the Australian Government's Medical Research Future Fund, and in-kind support for the manuscript from the Telethon Kids Institute.