Ethical considerations referred to in child health research published in leading nursing journals : 2015-2019

Wu, Y ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1938-2785, Howarth, ML ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4521-024X, Zhou, C, Yang, L, Ye, X, Wang, R, Li, C, Hu, M and Cong, W 2020, 'Ethical considerations referred to in child health research published in leading nursing journals : 2015-2019' , International Journal Of Nursing Practice , e12886.

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Abstract

Child health research comprises complex ethical considerations. Understanding the extent to which the ethical process is reported in child health research is needed to improve reporting. To identify reportage of ethical considerations in child health research in leading nursing and paediatric journals. All child health research published between 2015 and 2019 in 10 leading nursing journals and two paediatric journals were retrieved and critically appraised for the reportage of informed consent and ethical approval. Eight hundred and fifty-one child health research papers were included. Although 544 (79.9%) of the prospective studies mentioned informed consent, only 300 (55.2%) reported that written informed consent was obtained from the participants. Overall, 748 (87.9%) of child health research papers noted obtaining research ethics committee approval. Articles that mentioned financial support were significantly more likely to report informed consent and ethical approval than unfunded studies (all P < 0.001). Prospective studies showed higher rates of reportage of ethical approval compared to retrospective studies (P = 0.027). Rates of child consent (assent) obtained in different age groups of children ranged from 29.6% to 66.3%. Despite improvements in the reportage of ethical review and approval processes in child health research, consistent and transparent reports are still lacking. [Abstract copyright: © 2020 John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.]

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** From PubMed via Jisc Publications Router **Journal IDs: eissn 1440-172X **Article IDs: pubmed: 32926505 **History: accepted 19-08-2020; revised 02-07-2020; submitted 28-03-2020
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal Of Nursing Practice
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1322-7114
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Funders: China Editology Society of Science Periodicals (CESSP)
SWORD Depositor: Publications Router
Depositing User: Publications Router
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2021 13:29
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2021 13:29
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/58396

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