Failure to apply for ethical approval for health studies in low-income countries

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  • Edwin van Teijlingen Professor
  • Padam Simkhada Professor

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/nje.v5i3.13609

Abstract

On too many occasions researchers conduct public health and/or epidemiological studies in low-income countries without the appropriate in-country ethical approval.  This article reflects on some of the underlying reasons for not applying for ethical approval.  The piece concludes that we need to start by educating our (junior) researchers and research students about the importance of research ethics.  We conclude with a number of recommendations for researchers, scientific journal editors and reviewers and ethical committees in high-income countries to bring the message home to researchers that ethical approval should be sought in low-income countries if and when required!

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Author Biographies

Edwin van Teijlingen, Professor

Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK

Padam Simkhada, Professor

Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK

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Published

2015-10-05

How to Cite

van Teijlingen, E., & Simkhada, P. (2015). Failure to apply for ethical approval for health studies in low-income countries. Nepal Journal of Epidemiology, 5(3), 511–515. https://doi.org/10.3126/nje.v5i3.13609

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Short Communications