NEAC produced a discussion document and draft guidelines about conducting intervention studies in an ethical manner. Feedback was sought from a wide range of people with an interest in health and disability research ethics, including researchers, health professionals, planners, policy makers and members of the make the proposed guidelines as useful as possible.

The discussion document and draft guidelines aimed to:

  • identify ethical issues for intervention studies in New Zealand
  • consider how these issues are currently addressed
  • identify which issues need to be addressed more effectively
  • propose options to address the identified issues.

The proposed guidelines seek to facilitate high quality studies, protecting participants and fostering public assurance of good study conduct. Researchers can be assisted to perform sound intervention studies which contribute to better health outcomes and reduced health inequalities for New Zealanders.

This consultation closed on Wednesday 23 July 2008.

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