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Ethical problems in research practice
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education, Teaching and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.
2012 (English)In: Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, ISSN 1556-2646, E-ISSN 1556-2654, Vol. 8, no 4, 37-41 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article has its origin in the legislative regulation of research ethics and is a contribution to the knowledge about the ethical problems, which researchers actually face in their everyday practice. The study is an example of descriptive ethics with a theoretical background in a model for relations between norms in professional ethics. The empirical method used is critical incidents technique.  Data have been collected by asking researchers about their experiences of ethical problems in their practice. The participants were researchers at the post-doctoral level in the fields of medicine, the humanities, education and social sciences. They had all been awarded grants from the Swedish Research Council. The total data, which comprises 109 examples reported by 55 respondents, is analysed by qualitative content analyses. In the findings reported in this article we can see that researchers deal with a variety of problems related to informed consent and risks of harm, which solutions are dependent on the researchers’ ethical sensitivity, discretion and judgement. Moreover, it may be noted that ethics win over other standards, when ethical consideration has come into conflict with scientific quality.


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East Bay USA: University of California Press, 2012. Vol. 8, no 4, 37-41 p.
Keyword [en]
research ethics, ethical problems in research, informed consent, risks of harm
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-114185OAI: diva2:787801
Codex and practice. Funded by the Swedish Research Council

Background, theoretical startingpoints, methods and a more elaborated discussion are found at DOI: 101525/jer.2013.8.4.S1.

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