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Applying for ethical approval for a national multisite study: the challenges and barriers


Kornhaber, RA and Abu-Qamar, MZ and Wilson, A, Applying for ethical approval for a national multisite study: the challenges and barriers, Monash Bioethics Review, 30, (1) pp. 103-22. ISSN 1321-2753 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 Monash Bioethics Review

DOI: doi:10.1007/BF03351337


This paper describes the challenges and barriers experienced when seeking Human Research Ethics approval for a national multisite qualitative research study. Applications for ethics approval were submitted to Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) across four Australian states in November 2010. Three out of the five HREC applications required alterations. None of the HRECs acknowledged approvals from the other HRECs. The authors found there was a lack of appreciation and knowledge of qualitative research and, in particular, the phenomenological methodological approach whereby HRECs attempted to quantify the qualitative research methodology. The issues encountered created complexities for the researchers and delayed the commencement of the study. Our experience suggests that multisite studies are unduly delayed due to current HRECs methods of review. HRECs need to address the efficiency of their ethics approval practices through harmonising multisite ethical review processes enabling the recognition of a single ethics and scientific review with mandatory expedition to all subsequent HRECs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ethics; qualitative research; NEAF; multicentre
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Acute care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Kornhaber, RA (Dr Rachel Kornhaber)
ID Code:94807
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2014-09-17
Last Modified:2018-03-29

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