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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 17--21

Guidelines for conducting ethical research in psychosocial issues in palliative care

St. Christopher's Hospice, Sydenham and St. Joseph's Hospice, Hackney, United Kingdom

Correspondence Address:
Colin Murray Parkes
St. Christopher's Hospice, Sydenham and St. Joseph's Hospice, Hackney
United Kingdom
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0973-1075.25914

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While it is unethical to introduce services for the terminally ill and their families that are not well founded or evaluated there are special problems in research conducted with this population. This has deterred some from carrying out research in this field and has caused others to place obstacles in the way of would-be researchers. This paper describes the ethical difficulties and provides guidelines that should enable worthwhile research to be carried out without harm to those who offer their help and without vitiating the scientific value of the research.


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