Research governance: Research governance approval is putting people off researchBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7535.238-a (Published 26 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:238
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I was delighted by reading the letter of the Galbraith et al in no 28
issue of BMJ. As a PhD student who exactly experienced the same problems
to find out who is who in this country to get research approval to be able
to do a population based health study.
I am very keen to address all sufferings that young researchers
encounter to do their work. With all of these hassles and endless amount
of paperwork most of us despite focusing on scientific and technical
points of studies just should struggle to save our souls from the trap of
terrific obstacles we face just at the beginning of our long journey.
This is a nightmare for those self funded students who are obliged to
spend their precious time and energy to sort out their study time table.
I also interested to focus on another aspect of this problem.
Approving organisations are trying to upgrade their complicated
organisational processes based on feedbacks they receive from their
customers. This is logically true but this should not be implemented to
the cost of researchers’ time and energy. For instance Ethics Committee
have changed application form recently and also new version is more
friendly than old one but this change wasted a lot of time and money from
researchers who inevitably transferring their study information from old
to the new version. This happens while still there are places for
improvement even in the new form. For instance in the classification of
studies definition have been applied for non-interventional studies
actually is wrong and misleading which should be changed to non-invasive
studies. With all of these paradoxical experiences are researchers misused
and sacrificed in the process of research approval to improve quality of
organisational efficiency within approving committees?
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