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    Obstacles to gaining ethical approval for a multi-centre study of family support

    MacPherson, K. and Senior, R. and Lattin-Rawstrone, R. and Barnes, Jacqueline (2005) Obstacles to gaining ethical approval for a multi-centre study of family support. Children and Society 19 (3), pp. 237-245. ISSN 0951-0605.

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    The NHS has emphasised the need for rigorous evaluations of preventative home‐visiting support (Bull and others, 2004) in building a public health evidence base. Interdisciplinary studies involving the NHS in any capacity are subject to ethical review by NHS Research Ethics Committees. However, the current process of ethical review does not respond flexibly to research conducted by non‐NHS organisations. Through documentary analysis, this paper describes the experience of a non‐clinical research evaluation of a family support service offered during pregnancy and the difficulties encountered in gaining ethical approval. Implications for social science research with minimal NHS involvement are discussed and recommendations for improvements suggested.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2019 15:10
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:54


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