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Research ethics and data quality: the implications of informed consent

Research ethics and data quality: the implications of informed consent
Research ethics and data quality: the implications of informed consent
Patterns of research governance are changing rapidly in the field of social research. In current debates about these changes one issue of particular concern is the impact that new patterns of research governance will have on the quality of the data collected. The 'optimistic' scenario on this issue is that more ethical research practice will lead to better-quality data, but a more 'pessimistic' scenario exists in which the unintended outcome is poorer-quality data. Drawing on material from a study of researchers' experiences of dealing with the process of gaining informed consent from research participants, this article identifies the various ways in which the researchers position themselves in relation to the competing 'optimistic' and 'pessimistic' scenarios. It concludes by seeking to develop a synthesis of the two positions in which ethical research practice is treated neither as an automatic guarantee of, nor as an inevitable obstacle to, the collection of good-quality data
1364-5579
83-95
Crow, Graham
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Wiles, Rose
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Heath, Sue
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Crow, Graham, Wiles, Rose, Heath, Sue and Charles, Vikki (2006) Research ethics and data quality: the implications of informed consent. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 9 (2), 83-95. (doi:10.1080/13645570600595231).

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Patterns of research governance are changing rapidly in the field of social research. In current debates about these changes one issue of particular concern is the impact that new patterns of research governance will have on the quality of the data collected. The 'optimistic' scenario on this issue is that more ethical research practice will lead to better-quality data, but a more 'pessimistic' scenario exists in which the unintended outcome is poorer-quality data. Drawing on material from a study of researchers' experiences of dealing with the process of gaining informed consent from research participants, this article identifies the various ways in which the researchers position themselves in relation to the competing 'optimistic' and 'pessimistic' scenarios. It concludes by seeking to develop a synthesis of the two positions in which ethical research practice is treated neither as an automatic guarantee of, nor as an inevitable obstacle to, the collection of good-quality data

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Published date: April 2006

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Local EPrints ID: 35368
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/35368
ISSN: 1364-5579
PURE UUID: f0c37a86-9e55-4c58-a34c-c86fc2b5a06c

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Date deposited: 15 May 2006
Last modified: 15 Jul 2019 19:06

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Author: Graham Crow
Author: Rose Wiles
Author: Sue Heath
Author: Vikki Charles

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