Research Ethics Scenarios
Theory into Practice
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Research Ethics Scenarios
This page includes 48 YouTube videos - research ethics scenarios, which can be found in our course book entitled "Reviewing Clinical Trials: A Guide for the Ethics Committee". You can download the book here: Education
Chapter 4. Scenarios of Ethics Committee Review.
This last Chapter includes several specifically themed sets of EC scenarios that cover a wide range of topics in relation to ethics in human research, from expedited or full EC review to clinical trials registry. Please accept that these are simplified scenarios, although most reflect real cases. Also, since the information is only briefly provided, it is impossible to undertake an in-depth narrative review. Each set of scenarios addresses a specific ethics issue that should be identified and addressed. At the end of each set, comments are also provided. Most of the scenarios have been utilized in educational activities for EC members and have proven helpful in translating theory to practice, especially for novice EC members.
If this Guide is used for educational purposes of EC members or groups of clinical research professionals, the scenarios and their commentaries can be studied by participants and thereafter discussed to seek a consensus. Now and again, you will almost certainly find that your views differ both from those reflected here and from those of fellow participants. This is, in fact, what a meaningful review process should reflect: diversity in one’s thinking, searching and arguing for a general consensus.
The scenarios deal with two different types of ethical issues: Issues of Clinical Trial Ethics and Issues of EC Procedures.
On the right side, you will find all the topics addressed in the videos with the corresponding links to the YouTube videos. Most topics have more than one scenario/video.
There is a male voice reading each scenario (except for five scenarios) so please use a loudspeaker or headphones when viewing the videos.
Issues of Clinical Trial Ethics
Informed consent process
Privacy and confidentiality
Data safety monitoring
Participant recruitment procedures
Qualification of investigators
Conflict of interest
Clinical trial insurance and indemnity
Essential clinical trial documents
Clinical trial registration
Dissemination of trial results
Issues of EC Procedures
Local laws and institutional guidelines
Proportionate EC review: Expedited/full
Acceptability of trial
Adverse event reporting
Suspension or termination of a trial