Local research ethics committees: Fail community research

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6928.594b (Published 26 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:594
  1. C Bonell
  1. Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Health Commission, London SE1 7RJ
  2. TIL Occam, Surrey Research Park, Guildford, Surrey GU2 5YN.

    EDITOR, - An increasing amount of research is being conducted in primary care and the community. The evaluation of this research by local research ethics committees is widely seen as problematic. Ethics committees, which are often already overloaded, generally see little community research; much community research does not receive ethical evaluation. When work does reach the ethics committees it is often rejected as unscientific: this is particularly the case with regard to proposals for research submitted by professionals other than doctors.1 The Department of Health recommends that ethics committees should consider the quality of the methods used. …

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