Research Ethics Category

Disclosure in a Disaster Situation: Protecting Patient Privacy Rights with Public Safety

First and foremost it should be noted that the protection of a patient’s privacy is a right held by all patients regardless of ethnicity, religion, or other. It is a right which is to be respected in all situations, including that of a disaster. Patients always retain the right to determine through consent what information […]

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Just the Additions – Consolidated Changes to ICH GCP E6(R2)

Hello, If you haven’t already heard there are changes coming to everyone’s favourite…the ICH GCP. For a consolidated look at just the changes you can take a look at them all in one document I’ve created. Here is the link to download: https://andrewmilroy.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/consolidated-changes-to-ich-e6r2-by-andrew-milroy-14-nov-2015.pdf Enjoy! Andrew

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Towards Trans-cultural Process Based Ethics: Silencing critics of clinical trials in developing countries

PROPOSITION As things now stand, Ethical Pluralism and the avoidance of a modern ethical imperialism of sorts, allows for exploitation or at a minimum the appearance of exploitation to persist, and has been taken off the table concerning acceptable strategies in dealing with developing countries, making its acceptability something of a moot point. If taken […]

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Online Training Tools for Clinical Research Coordinators

by Andrew Milroy – HRPP and CQA Manager (Merita CQA) Online training is becoming increasingly popular in nearly every field allowing for training of professionals from the comfort of their own office or home. In the field of clinical research there are several well known online training tools such as the TCPS 2 CORE Tutorial […]

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Determining when a question is too sensitive

Often research studies have accompanying questionnaires for qualitative aspects of the study and some of those questionnaires ask fairly sensitive information. It is important that there be concern for the participants welfare and so often REBs will ask questioned deemed too sensitive to be removed. But how do we determine a sensitive question from a […]

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Communication of Clinical Trial Results with Participants: Beyond Publication

Researched and Written by:       Andrew Milroy1 Edited by:                           Gordon B. Robinson , B.A.Sc. (Eng),  Ph.D2. Today in the minds of the public and certainly with potential Clinical Trial Participants, there exists a great deal of suspicion and a lack of positive attitudes towards such Trials.  While awareness campaigns may improve public perception, there still are […]

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A thought on therapeutic misconception

At work recently I’ve been going through cases of ethical misconduct for a presentation I will be delivering in the coming months and it has raised in my mind questions of therapeutic misconception. Clearly ethical regulations and theory purport that research is for the benefit of knowledge and not the health of the participant. I.e. […]

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The End’s Justify the Means? A few thoughts on deception in research.

After reading an article by the WSJ that came across my LinkedIn newsfeed (http://online.wsj.com/articles/the-role-of-deception-in-scientific-research-1409009297#livefyre-comment) I started thinking about deception in research. Can deception ever be ethically justified in research? Isn’t that showing the end’s justify the means? I was always taught, not through formal study of ethics, that the end’s never justify the means. Is […]

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