Attitudes to Research Ethical Committees
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1983 Jun; 9(2): 61-65.
A questionnaire on attitudes toward ethics committees and their functions was sent to ethics committee members and to a control group of physicians who had never been members of an ethics committee, in the Wessex area of England. Almost all of the respondents thought there was a need for ethical review of research projects, though 33% thought committee decisions should be advisory only and 63% thought that ethics committees should not review research design problems. Most nonmedical respondents favored committee review of research in progress, while most physicians did not. Responses were also elicited on the ideal composition of ethics committees and on the need for training of committee members. (KIE abstract)