Obtaining Informed Consent in an Egyptian Research Study
Rashad, Amina M.
Phipps, Fiona MacVane
Nursing Ethics 2004 July; 11(4): 394-399
This article explores the concept of internationally acceptable codes of ethics within the context of an Egyptian nurse's PhD studies. Theoretical work, including gaining ethical approval for the project, took place in the UK, while the data collection phase of the study was done in Egypt. This highlighted areas where the Arab Muslim interpretation of some ethical principles, especially around the issue of gaining informed consent, differed from that currently accepted in British research ethics. The authors argue that it may not be possible, or even desirable, to standardize codes of ethics globally in areas such as academic research. Ethical principles develop from a unique mix of culture and religion. It may be more important to develop cultural competence that includes the ability to understand and respect the way in which ethical principles are interpreted by various societies.
Autonomy; Beneficence; Codes of Ethics; Coercion; Competence; Consent Forms; Cross-Cultural Comparison; Culture; Consent; Ethical Review; Ethics; Forms; Guidelines; Health; Health Literacy; Health Services; Health Services Research; Informed Consent; International Aspects; Islamic Ethics; Muslim World; Nursing Research; Paternalism; Physician Patient Relationship; Physicians; Principle-Based Ethics; Religion; Research; Research Ethics; Research Subjects; Researcher Subject Relationship; Review; Socioeconomic Factors; Vulnerable Populations; Western World; Informed Consent or Human Experimentation; Cultural Pluralism; Research on Women;
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