Handbook of Theory and Methods in Applied Health Research
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Handbook of Theory and Methods in Applied Health Research

Questions, Methods and Choices

Edited by Catherine Walshe and Sarah Brearley

This Handbook expertly instructs the reader on how to conduct applied health research across a number of disciplines. Particularly aimed at postgraduate health researchers and students of applied health research, it presents and explains a wide range of research designs and other contemporary issues in applied health research.
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Chapter 4: Between the institution and the field: research ethics in health and social care

Amanda Bingley and Anne Grinyer

Abstract

This chapter is designed to supply researchers with a foundation for designing, gaining consent for and implementing ethical practice in applied health research, and includes both conceptual and practical dimensions. It provides a brief historical account of the foundations of modern ethics, including the first international guidelines for ethical research practice enshrined in the Nuremberg Code and the Declaration of Helsinki. The four basic principles of ethical conduct developed by Beauchamp and Childress – beneficence, non-maleficence, autonomy and justice – are defined and the basic tenets applied to the ethical conduct of contemporary research.

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