Can research that is not intended or unlikely to be published be considered ethical?

This paper on research ethics was published in the June 2017 edition of Australian Family Physician (PDF).

Barton C, Tam CWM, Abbott P, Hall S, Liaw S. Can research that is not intended or unlikely to be published be considered ethical? Australian family physician 2017 6/01;46:442-4.

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Research ethics and approval process: A guide for new GP researchers

researchethics_coverMy professional guide on the research ethics process was published in the June 2015 edition of Australian Family Physician.

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Authors:

  • Siaw-Teng Liaw
  • Chun Wah Michael Tam

Abstract

Background

The underlying moral principles and values, and the virtues held as desirable for a researcher, should be reflected upon and embedded in the research. The foundation step is to download the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC’s) National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research and the NHMRC’s Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research to use as references.

Objective

This paper draws on the experience of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ (RACGP’s) National Research and Evaluation Ethics Committee to provide an eight-step approach to the research ethics process.

Discussion

The researcher should use the research ethics process as an opportunity to foster and guide the development and conduct of ethical research.