Gaining ethics approval: a strategy for refining research studies.

S Allen, Karen Francis, M O'Connor, Y Chapman

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)


We argue that developing a human ethics application is an effective method for refining the intent and design of research studies. Our study aimed to investigate the delivery of end-of-life and palliative care nursing to residents of an aged care unit in a Multi-purpose Service/Centre in rural Victoria. We used the ethics application process as a strategy to focus the study, and to refine the data collection and analysis techniques. It is our contention that the process of completing the application and gaining ethics approval is laborious; however, the intellectualising that occurs provides researchers with an opportunity to reflect upon and refine their studies, thus ensuring the ultimate success and timely completion of research investigations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-60
Number of pages7
JournalMonash Bioethics Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Gaining ethics approval: a strategy for refining research studies.'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this