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HIV/AIDS Research Conducted in the Developing World and Sponsored by the Developed World: Reporting of Research Ethics Committee Review in Two Countries

Chin, Lisa J.; Rifai-Bashjawish, Hoda; Kleinert, Kelly J.; Saltman, Alexandra; Leu, Cheng Shiun; Klitzman, Robert L.

We explored how often journal articles reporting HIV research sponsored by a developed country, but conducted in a developing country, mention research ethics committee (REC) approval from both countries, and what factors are involved. Of all such 2007 articles on Medline conducted in one of four developing countries (N = 154), only 52% mentioned such dual approval. Mention of dual vs. single approval was more likely among articles with ≥ 50% sponsor country authors, and the United States as the sponsor country. Also, dual approval was more likely among articles that mentioned informed consent and funding, had ≥ 50% sponsor country authors, were biomedical (vs. psychosocial), and appeared in journals adopting International Committee Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) guidelines. Dual approval was thus obtained in only half of the articles and was associated with ethical and logistic issues, indicating the need for clearer and more universally accepted guidelines.

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Title
Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1525/jer.2011.6.3.83

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Academic Units
Biostatistics
Law
Psychiatry
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June 9, 2020