Journal article

Ethical concerns in suicide research: thematic analysis of the views of human research ethics committees in Australia

Emma Barnard, Georgia Dempster, Karolina Krysinska, Lennart Reifels, Jo Robinson, Jane Pirkis, Karl Andriessen

BMC MEDICAL ETHICS | BMC | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Suicide research aims to contribute to a better understanding of suicidal behaviour and its prevention. However, there are many ethical challenges in this research field, for example, regarding consent and potential risks to participants. While studies to-date have focused on the perspective of the researchers, this study aimed to investigate the views and experiences of members of Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) in dealing with suicide-related study applications. METHODS: This qualitative study entailed a thematic analysis using an inductive approach. We conducted semi-structured interviews with a purposive sample (N = 15) of HREC Chairs or their delegates from Australi..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellowship


Awarded by NHMRC Early Career Fellowship


Awarded by Early Career Researcher Grant from The University of Melbourne


Funding Acknowledgements

The study was supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health. JR was supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellowship (APP1142348). KA was supported by a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (APP1157796) and an Early Career Researcher Grant from The University of Melbourne (ECR1202020). The funding bodies had no role in the design of the study and collection, analysis, and interpretation of data and in writing the manuscript.