A discussion activity about a scary recruiter intimidating a potential participant, who is hiding in his hospital bed under his covers. This is a useful activity reflecting on the use of third parties in the conduct of research projects and their training.
In this commentary sheet we discuss what some have termed ‘soft misconduct’ and five ways in which institutions can deal with them. Others have reasonably observed that they are just research misconduct and should be investigated and punished as such. While this might indeed be the case, until national research integrity codes (such as the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research) list these behaviours as being research misconduct, institutions will need to deal with them with their own policies and procedures.
This Human Research Ethics commentary reflects on useful approaches to researchers who fail to respond to requests. This includes failure to respond to research ethics review feedback, failure to respond to requests for ethical conduct reports and failure to respond to other requests from the research ethics committee. Hopefully, your institutional approach will be a little bit more practical than the Goldberg machine in this humorous Don Mayne cartoon.
A commentary sheet about the use of blinding in clinical trials and trials that are too successful, with deleterious consequences. Based upon a humous Don Mayne cartoon, published to our Friday Arvo Funnies page. A useful commentary for discussion in professional development activities/resources about blinding and clinical trials.