Awareness of Jordanian investigators about the importance of ethics review committees: a pilot study

Dublin Core

Title

Awareness of Jordanian investigators about the importance of ethics review committees: a pilot study

Author

Rababa'h, Abeer M.
Alzoubi, Karem H.
Ababneh, Mera
Khabour, Omar

Language

English

Publication Date

20200400

Abstract

Protection of study participants is an integral function of the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Recently, great efforts were dedicated to enhance investigators' awareness of ethical principles in conducting human research and to implement reviewing committees' standards in Jordan to ensure the transparency, versatility, and responsibility in handling human subjects research in the country. The aim of the current study is to evaluate the awareness and attitudes of healthcare investigators in Jordan towards the structure and importance of IRBs. A questionnaire was distributed to 200 investigators and graduate students from the Jordan University of Science and Technology. The majority of the responses indicated positive knowledge towards core ethics guidelines and the importance of IRBs. This includes beneficence, confidentiality, informed consent, and treating participants with respect. In addition, the majority of participants (> 82%) agreed on the importance of the IRB for ensuring the rights, safety, and well-being of the research subjects. Moreover, the majority of participants (> 80%) agreed that the IRB members should be trained on ethics regulations in conducting research and declare any conflict of interest with the investigators. On the other hand, about 30% of participants believed that being reviewed by the IRB would delay research and make it more difficult for the researcher. Jordanian investigators have good awareness of and knowledge about research ethics and the importance of IRBs, though more education is needed.

Primary Classification

18.2

Secondary Classification

18.2

Primary keywords

attitudes [pri]; researchers ]pri]; research ethics committees [pri]

Secondary keywords

education; empirical research; questionnaire; regulation; research ethics; research subjects

Subject

Jordan

Subject

Jordan University of Science and Technology

Journal Article

Science and Engineering Ethics. 2020 April; 26(2): 821-831

Note

Copyright © 2019, Springer Nature B.V.

Primary Document Type

j

Bibliography

35 refs

ISSN

13533452 (print); 14715546 (online)

Collection

Citation

“Awareness of Jordanian investigators about the importance of ethics review committees: a pilot study,” Islamic Medical & Scientific Ethics, accessed May 21, 2024, http://imse.ibp.georgetown.domains/items/show/38353.