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Mental Health Research Through Clinical Innovation or Quality Improvement A Reflection on the Ethical Aspects

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Cleary, M and Hunt, GE and Robertson, M and Escott, P, Mental Health Research Through Clinical Innovation or Quality Improvement - A Reflection on the Ethical Aspects, Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, 4, (2) pp. 1-3. ISSN 1916-2405 (2009) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2009 Journal of Ethics in Mental Health

Official URL: http://www.jemh.ca/issues/v4n2/JEMH-Vol.4No.2.Nove...

Abstract

When clinical services aspire to quality improvement, creative and innovative approaches to old problems are needed to drive such change. Whilst new eff orts should be applauded, information on this topic can be somewhat grey from an ethical and research point of view. Within the mental health profession there is currently an expectation to routinely evaluate care and disseminate fi ndings. The notion of service enhancements under the guise of routine practice is an interesting and untested ethical issue. Should clinical innovation continue to enjoy such impunity as patient autonomy is often compromised as they are often compelled to accept treatment under the coercion of mental health legislation? We believe that it should not. All involvement in any form of research is voluntary, thus patients should also have the right to decline participation in quality projects if they wish to do so.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:mental health nursing. research, ethics
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Mental Health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Mental Health
Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:108390
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-04-19
Last Modified:2016-10-24
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