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EthicsContemporary challenges in health and social care$
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Audrey Leathard and Susan McLaren

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347558

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347558.001.0001

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Ethics: research governance for health and social care

Ethics: research governance for health and social care

(p.53) Four Ethics: research governance for health and social care

Elaine Pierce

Policy Press

In the UK, research and development (R&D) carried out by organiszations and individuals is subject to the research governance framework for health and social care. This framework, which is overseen by the relevant government department, aims to enhance the promotion and quality of R&D, and to ensure a sustainable research culture. Research governance compliance criteria include the need for independent scientific review of the research proposal; ethical approval; and sponsorship and supervision by responsible health and social care professionals. This chapter examines the ethical implications of the patient's autonomy and consent within the framework, alongside those of monitoring, accountability, leadership, and management. It also considers shortcomings in the conduct of R&D and subsequent evidence-based practice.

Keywords:   research and development, R&D, research governance framework, health care research, social care research, ethics, patient autonomy, patient consent, evidence-based practice

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