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

Pelletier, Caroline and Stevenson, Fiona and Chrysikou, Vasiliki and Park, Sophie and Gibson, William (2015) Reconsidering ‘ethics’ and ‘quality’ in healthcare research: the case for an iterative ethical paradigm. BMC Health Services Research. ISSN 1472-6963. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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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.

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: Quality, research ethics committees, health research
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2014 10:07
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2015 15:54
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