Research ethics committees in the Pacific Islands: gaps and opportunities for health sector strengthening

Date

2017

Authors

Denholm, Justin
Bissell, K
Viney, Kerri
Durand, A.M.
Cash, H.L.
Roseveare, C
Merilles, Onofre Edwin A
Harries, A D
Biribo, S

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Volume Title

Publisher

International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease

Abstract

There has been a range of developments in recent years to stimulate increasing public health research activity throughout the Pacific. Development of local capacity for ethics committee review and oversight is, however, frequently underdeveloped. This is reflected in the number of Pacific Island nations where ethics committees have not been established or where only informal processes exist for ethics review and oversight. This is problematic for the optimal development of relevant and culturally appropriate research, and building up local ethics committees should be part of continued research development in the Pacific. Three areas in which local ethics committees may add value are 1) offering better capacity to reflect local priorities, 2) providing broader benefits for research capacity building, and 3) assisting to strengthen systems beyond research ethics. This article considers benefits and challenges for ethics committees in the Pacific, and suggests directions for regional development to further strengthen public health research activity.

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Keywords

research ethics, Pacific Islands, operational research, public health, ethics

Citation

Source

Public Health Action

Type

Journal article

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Open Access via publisher website

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DOI

10.5588/pha.16.0076

Restricted until

2099-12-31