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Expert seeks policy on Code of Ethics

By Chioma Obinna
THE need for continuous education on ethical conduct of research for healthcare professionals across the country has been identified as a means towards minimising the high records of mishaps in human research. Dr. Adebayo Adejumo of the Centre for West African Bioethics & Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ibadan made the call in Lagos last week while speaking at the Nigeria Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) & African Malaria Network (AMANET) series of workshops.

He said familiarity and adherence to the National Code for Health Research in Nigeria offers the minimum requirement for conducting health research. He advised health professionals to develop moral character and genuine intention to improve humanity as their primary motives.

Speaking on Inducement during research work, Adejumo who welcomed some forms of inducement to ensure that many persons participated in the research also reminded that the main ethical concern with inducement is that payment should not be so large or medical services so extensive as to induce prospective subjects to consent to participate against their better judgement.

He called for a written policy to guard researchers and sponsors of researchers in setting ethically acceptable inducement for participants and regretted the low standards of care in the country compared to developed  countries.


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