Ethical Considerations for Clinical Research Collaborations The definition of clinical research adopted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) includes three areas, 1. patient-oriented research, 2. epidemiologic and behavioral studies, and 3. outcomes and health services research (DHHS, 2003). Extensive research training is not a core component of many clinical-degree programs, and clinicians may not have ... Current Issues
Current Issues  |   October 01, 2008
Ethical Considerations for Clinical Research Collaborations
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Sherri M. Jones
    East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
  • Christina M. Figueroa
    East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
  • Rose AllenColumn Editor
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Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Professional Issues & Training / Current Issues
Current Issues   |   October 01, 2008
Ethical Considerations for Clinical Research Collaborations
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2008, Vol. 18, 77-81. doi:10.1044/aas18.3.77
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2008, Vol. 18, 77-81. doi:10.1044/aas18.3.77
Abstract

The definition of clinical research adopted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) includes three areas, 1. patient-oriented research, 2. epidemiologic and behavioral studies, and 3. outcomes and health services research (DHHS, 2003). Extensive research training is not a core component of many clinical-degree programs, and clinicians may not have the requisite knowledge and skills to initiate a research program independently. However, clinicians and the clinical sites where they practice can play an integral part in collaborative research. This review discusses five areas for clinical supervisors to consider prior to initiating a research project, which include formal approvals, determining which aspects of the study to be involved in, subject recruitment and informed consent, data collection and storage, and dissemination of results. These are not the only areas that might be considered; however, mutual agreement on these issues before the project begins will facilitate successful collaboration and foster responsible conduct of research. The ethical conduct of research is paramount for the scientific base of our professions. Additionally, the information and guidelines presented are intended to facilitate discussion and offer resources for further study.

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