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The importance of ethical approval

16 July, 2019

Currently conducting research or considering being involved in an upcoming project? Don’t overlook the importance of ethical approval, no matter how small or large the project.

The Council for Allied Health Professions Research (CAHPR) guidance says, “Although ethical approval is very important within most research projects, some studies may not require it, and this should be understood in the early stages. It is essential to check with your organisation’s research office for further advice and gain necessary permissions.”

Research involving NHS patients or carers requires NHS ethics committee, Health Research Authority (in England), and organisational approval.

The CAHPR continues, “Studies needing ethical approval require a chief/principal investigator and sponsor, often the host university/rust. The study protocol should be underpinned by a thorough review of the literature.

“Patient and public involvement is key to ensure design and participant information is appropriate.”

The downloadable ‘Top Tips’ Seeking ethical approval leaflet includes information about consent forms, general practice letters, HRA checks, and final report requirements.

The Council for Allied Health Professions Research supports radiographers and other AHPs to take the first steps, as well as providing opportunities for learning, sharing, networking and collaborations.

The Society is one of 13 AHP organisations that are part of CAHPR and the Society’s professional and education manager, Dr Rachel Harris, is the current chair of the Council’s steering committee.

Regional hubs hold face-to-face and online events and provide support locally. There are also other downloadable ‘how to’ leaflets which include topics such as:

  • Getting your abstract accepted
  • Capturing research impact
  • Preparing a scientific poster
  • Engaging with your Academic Health Science Network
  • Patient public involvement

For contact details about your local hub and for further information about CAHPR please visit the website.

Download Seeking ethical approval.

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