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Research governance: Research governance approval is putting people off research

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 26 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:238
  1. Niall Galbraith, research fellow (,
  2. Carol Hawley, principal research fellow,
  3. Valerie De-Souza, research fellow
  1. Division of Health in the Community, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL

    Editor—The BMJ has highlighted the bureaucratic burden placed on health researchers by the research governance approval process. 1 2 Our own study sought only to interview health professionals in 12 trusts about giving advice, with a few patient telephone interviews, but the process of seeking approval from one research and development consortium delayed our project by 11 weeks.

    If this sort of approval process does not put …

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