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Variability in research ethics review of cluster randomized trials: a scenario-based survey in three countries

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Title
Variability in research ethics review of cluster randomized trials: a scenario-based survey in three countries
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Trials, February 2014
DOI 10.1186/1745-6215-15-48
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Monica Taljaard, Jamie C Brehaut, Charles Weijer, Robert Boruch, Allan Donner, Martin P Eccles, Andrew D McRae, Raphael Saginur, Merrick Zwarenstein, Jeremy M Grimshaw

Abstract

Cluster randomized trials (CRTs) present unique ethical challenges. In the absence of a uniform standard for their ethical design and conduct, problems such as variability in procedures and requirements by different research ethics committees will persist. We aimed to assess the need for ethics guidelines for CRTs among research ethics chairs internationally, investigate variability in procedures for research ethics review of CRTs within and among countries, and elicit research ethics chairs' perspectives on specific ethical issues in CRTs, including the identification of research subjects. The proper identification of research subjects is a necessary requirement in the research ethics review process, to help ensure, on the one hand, that subjects are protected from harm and exploitation, and on the other, that reviews of CRTs are completed efficiently.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Canada 2 4%
Malaysia 1 2%
Unknown 42 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 10 22%
Researcher 9 20%
Student > Master 8 18%
Other 6 13%
Professor > Associate Professor 6 13%
Other 4 9%
Unknown 2 4%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 17 38%
Philosophy 5 11%
Nursing and Health Professions 4 9%
Psychology 4 9%
Social Sciences 3 7%
Other 7 16%
Unknown 5 11%

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