Journal article

Variation in Human Research Ethics Committee and governance processes throughout Australia: a need for a uniform approach

Nagendra N Dudi-Venkata, Daniel RA Cox, Nicholas Marson, Lorwai Tan, Peter Pockney, Vijayaragavan Muralidharan, David I Watson, Toby Richards

ANZ JOURNAL OF SURGERY | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: In Australia, ethics committees across different states vary in application, requirement and process for the ethical review and approval for clinical research. This may lead to confusion and delays in the enablement of multicentre research projects. This study explores the effect of differing processes for Ethics and Governance in the establishment of the CovidSurg-Cancer study during the global COVID-19 pandemic. METHODS: An anonymous, structured web-based questionnaire was designed using the Research Electronic Data Capture application (REDCap) platform to capture consultant surgeons, fellows, and trainees experience in the ethics application process. 'CovidSurg-Cancer' was an ..

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