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ERIC Number: EJ934875
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
Research Ethics Committees and the Benefits of Involving People with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities in Research
Boxall, Kathy; Ralph, Sue
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v39 n3 p173-180 Sep 2011
Although there is increasing interest in service user involvement in research, such involvement rarely extends to people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. New developments in visual methodologies offer the potential for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities to be included in research. At the same time, however, tighter regulation of the UK Research Governance Framework and the requirements of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 have increased the complexity of ethical approval processes. In reaching decisions about whether or not to grant approval, ethics committees are obliged to consider the potential harm to research participants and also the potential benefits. This article documents the benefits of involvement for "Martha", who participated in a research project using photographic methods at the hostel where she lived. We hope the article will stimulate debate about ethical approval and the use of creative methodologies in research with people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom