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Title: Ethics applications in Australian health services: a novel scoring system.
Epworth Authors: Smart, Philip
Other Authors: Gilong, Creski
Zeps, Nikolajs
Keywords: Ethics Approval
Human Research Study
Research Ethics Application Processes
Ethics Requirements
Human Research Ethics Committee
Scoring System
General Surgery and Gastroenterology Clinical Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Epworth Research Development and Governance, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Jun-2018
Conference Name: Epworth HealthCare Research Week 2018
Conference Location: Epworth Research Institute, Victoria, Australia
Abstract: BACKGROUND Ethics approval is an essential prerequisite to conducting a human research study, as required by the Declaration of Helsinki. While there is a need for a thorough review process to prevent unethical research, the resulting administrative workload required for applications is substantial and this is often multiplied in multi-centre studies. AIM To assess research ethics application processes across all Health Services in Australia METHOD All Australian health service websites were systematically assessed for Ethics requirements. Data collected included application types and processes, meeting dates and timeframes. The ethics application process of each health service is objectively scored using our novel scoring system (Table 1). RESULTS Whilst most hospitals run HREC only (53.8%), there are also a few hospitals without any meetings (7.7%), hence relying on the HREC from other hospitals to provide ethics approval (Figure 1). The number of documents requested for the same category of research (Full Ethics/HREC vs SSA vs LNR vs QA) varied widely between health services despite (Figure 2). In particular, there are health services requiring more than 5 documents simply to conduct Quality Assurance activities. Most health services organise 7 to 11 HREC meetings a year. CONCLUSION The research ethics application process in Australia is widely variable between health services. We propose a scoring system which objectively describes the current status of research ethics applications across Australia
Type: Conference Poster
Affiliated Organisations: Austin Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Appears in Collections:Clinical Education & Simulation
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