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Reconsidering 'ethics' and 'quality' in healthcare research: the case for an iterative ethical paradigm

Stevenson, FA; Gibson, W; Pelletier, C; Chrysikou, V; Park, S; (2015) Reconsidering 'ethics' and 'quality' in healthcare research: the case for an iterative ethical paradigm. BMC Med Ethics , 16 10.1186/s12910-015-0004-1. Green open access

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Abstract

UK-based research conducted within a healthcare setting generally requires approval from the National Research Ethics Service. Research ethics committees are required to assess a vast range of proposals, differing in both their topic and methodology. We argue the methodological benchmarks with which research ethics committees are generally familiar and which form the basis of assessments of quality do not fit with the aims and objectives of many forms of qualitative inquiry and their more iterative goals of describing social processes/mechanisms and making visible the complexities of social practices. We review current debates in the literature related to ethical review and social research, and illustrate the importance of re-visiting the notion of ethics in healthcare research.

Type: Article
Title: Reconsidering 'ethics' and 'quality' in healthcare research: the case for an iterative ethical paradigm
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1186/s12910-015-0004-1
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12910-015-0004-1
Language: English
Additional information: © 2015 Stevenson et al.; licensee BioMed Central. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Primary Care and Population Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1471975
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