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Research ethics and critical appraisal of research publication

Module 6

Research ethics and critical appraisal of research publication

Training course in research methodology and research protocol development 2021

October 18, 2021 - Geneva

Assignment (15 marks in total)

Part 1

Question 1 (5 marks)

Examine the following study from Week 4. What ethical issues were addressed in this research?

Nguyen PH, Budiharsana MP. Receiving voluntary family planning services has no relationship with the paradoxical situation of high use of contraceptives and abortion in Vietnam: a cross-sectional study. BMC Women’s Health. 2012 May 28;12(1):14.

Question 2 (10 marks)

Choose any one of the four articles below and perform a critical appraisal of the paper using the appropriate CASP Appraisal Checklists (CASP Case Control Study Checklist; CASP Cohort Study Checklist; CASP Qualitative Checklist; CASP Systematic Review Checklist). Critical Appraisal Skills Programme; 2019.

Currie S, Gray C, Shepherd A, McInnes RJ. Antenatal physical activity: a qualitative study exploring women’s experiences and the acceptability of antenatal walking groups. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2016 Jul 22;16(1):182.

Gülmezoglu AM, Say L, Betrán AP, Villar J, Piaggio G. WHO systematic review of maternal mortality and morbidity: methodological issues and challenges. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 2004 Jul 5;4(1):16.

Heit JA, Silverstein MD, Mohr DN, Petterson TM, O’Fallon WM, Melton LJ. Risk Factors for Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism: A Population-Based Case-Control Study. Arch Intern Med. 2000 Mar 27;160(6):809-15.

Manson JE, Greenland P, LaCroix AZ, Stefanick ML, Mouton CP, Oberman A, et al. Walking Compared with Vigorous Exercise for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Events in Women. New England Journal of Medicine. 2002 Sep 5;347(10):716–25.

Part 2 (Optional but recommended for your research protocol development)

What ethical issues do you anticipate for your chosen research topic and how do you plan to address them? Submit this to your coach for review and feedback.