Current Landscape of Research Ethics Consultation Services: National Survey Results

Holly A. Taylor, Kathryn M. Porter, Connor Sullivan, Jennifer B. McCormick

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The goal of a Research Ethics Consultation Service (RECS) is to assist relevant parties in navigating the ethical issues they encounter in conduct of research. The goal of this survey was to describe the current landscape of research ethics consultation and document if and how it has changed over the last decade. Methods The survey instrument was based on the survey previously circulated. We included a number of survey domains from the previous survey with the goal of direct comparison of outcomes. The survey was sent to 57 RECS in the US and Canada. Results Forty nine surveys were completed for an overall response rate of 86%. With the passing of 10 years the volume of consults received by RECS surveyed has increased. The number of consults received by a subset of RECS remains low. RECS continue to receive requests for consults from a wide range of stakeholders. About a quarter of RECS surveyed actively evaluate their services, primarily through satisfaction surveys routinely shared with requestors. The number of RECS evaluating their services has increased. We identified a group of eight key competencies respondents find key to providing RECS. Conclusions The findings from our survey demonstrate that there have been growth and development of RECS since 2010. Further developing evaluation and competency guidelines will help existing RECS continue to grow and facilitate newly established RECS maturation. Both will allow RECS personnel to better serve their institutions and add value to the research conducted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Clinical and Translational Science
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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