Leicester ethics experts help develop research toolkit

Posted by pt91 at Jan 13, 2011 04:35 PM |
All research is expected to adhere to approved standards of ethics, but when you are involving adults who lack the capacity to provide informed consent this becomes far more difficult.

When health research requires the participation of those whom, for a variety of reasons, are unable to give their consent then scientists face a troublesome dilemma.

But researchers at the University of Leicester, collaborating with the University of Bristol, have made this challenge a little easier to overcome according to Clinical Discovery magazine. They have designed an online toolkit to assist those involved in matters of research ethics in understanding the legal obligations and provisions for such trials.

The toolkit was designed for the National Research Ethics Service (NRES) by Professor Mary Dixon-Woods and Emma Angell in the Social Science Research Group of our Department of Health Sciences, with Dr Chris Willmott from our Department of Biochemistry and Dr Ainsley Newson from the University of Bristol.