Journal article

HUMAN RESEARCH ETHICS COMMITTEES: EXAMINING THEIR ROLES AND PRACTICES

Marilys Guillemin, Lynn Gillam, Doreen Rosenthal, Annie Bolitho

Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2012

Abstract

Considerable time and resources are invested in the ethics review process. We present qualitative data on how human research ethics committee members and health researchers perceive the role and function of the committee. The findings are based on interviews with 34 Australian ethics committee members and 54 health researchers. Although all participants agreed that the primary role of the ethics committee was to protect participants, there was disagreement regarding the additional roles undertaken by committees. Of particular concern were the perceptions from some ethics committee members and researchers that ethics committees were working to protect the institution's interests, as well as b..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council's Discovery Projects funding scheme


Funding Acknowledgements

We wish to thank all the participants who generously gave their time to take part in this research. We are also grateful for the helpful comments of the editor and reviewers of this article. This research was supported under Australian Research Council's Discovery Projects funding scheme (project number DP0663494).