Here’s a useful new article on research ethics from Nursing Times, freely available online: Nursing research: ethics, consent and good practice
Here’s the abstract:
Nursing practice must be based on reliable evidence and nurse education must equip practitioners with the skills to challenge existing practices, read published research critically and evaluate its role in clinical practice. Health professionals are likely to come into contact with patients taking part in clinical trials, and have a role to play in maintaining a culture of improving care using a strong evidence base.
This article explains the responsibilities of research nurses in clinical trials and how patient safety is maintained. It outlines the role of nurses in clinical research and the regulatory frameworks that underpin it, and explores the consent process and ethical principles.
The article discusses both the significance of research (including clinical trials) for developing nursing practice, as well as the role of research nurses in clinical trials more generally.
(For more about Research Ethics, check out the Research Ethics Blog).