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Research and informed consent

Anna is conducting a research study to evaluate the process and outcome of her intervention programs at the school where she teaches. She believes that in order to obtain valid data, she must keep the research participants in the dark in as many aspects as possible. Thus, she thinks it is important that the students she works with remain unaware of the hypotheses under investigation and that they are being studied. Although she agrees that some ethical issues may be raised by her failure to inform her participants, she believes that good research designs call for such procedures. She does not want to influence her students and thus bias the results.

Anna states that since there are no negative consequences or risks involved with her research, her research practices are justified. In addition, she claims that since she is able to improve her educational techniques through this research, both her current and future students will benefit.

Discussion questions:

What are your thoughts about Anna's rationale for not obtaining informed consent?
If the value of the research seems to be greater than the risks involved to participants, do you think researchers are justified in not obtaining the informed consent of participants?
Would Anna's approach as described above meet Argosy University's informed consent criteria?
What advice would you give Anna about informed consent and how she should deal with her study participants?

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What are your thoughts about Anna's rationale for not obtaining informed consent?

As a researcher myself, I find Anna's action unusual. Ethical research requires that research participants be informed of the rationale of the study.

University of London suggests that "before being recruited into a study, potential participants should be given information about the study and the possible implications of their participation. This information may be presented verbally or in a written format. For most research projects, it is appropriate to have a leaflet or sheet summarizing key information about the study. The information sheet should be given to the person when they are approached about the study. Effective communication is the key to enabling ...

Solution Summary

This solution looks at the essence of using informed consent form in conducting research.

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