Real-world ethics and nursing research

Johnson, M ORCID: 2004, 'Real-world ethics and nursing research' , Journal of Research in Nursing, 9 (4) , pp. 251-263.

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In this paper I argue that nursing research is losing its way. There are a number of ways in which this is happening; for example, people are spending much more time writing about methodology than getting on with the research itself and the reporting of discovery. Here, I address the extent to which we are debilitating the research enterprise through what passes as ‘ethics’ and ‘governance’. I will refer to examples from nursing and related research to illustrate the gradual development of greater concern for the well-being of research participants and the prevention of harm. I will go on to illustrate how, in comparison to the search for knowledge in the wider world, the health professions (and in the UK nurses in particular) are making research more difficult to execute than it needs to be. In the development of defensive rules and procedures we have somehow forgotten exactly from what harms we are protecting our patients, students and staff. For those looking for a theoretical background to my views, they are, in essence, consequential, and I hope to show that with a harms and benefits approach we could bring much common sense to the critical appraisal of previous research and the approval and conduct of nursing research now and in the future.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RT Nursing
Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Subjects / Themes > B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Health and Wellbeing
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Research in Nursing
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 13614096
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2007 13:40
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 21:58

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