Recommendations for Conducting Ethical Mental Health and Psychosocial Research in Emergency Settings

Author/s:
Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC)

Year:
2014

Language:
English

Publication Type:
Manual/ Training Guide
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Description: 

Mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) is an integral part of any emergency response. Research knowledge is a fundamental factor in the design and implementation of effective MHPSS programmes. Therefore, research in all its forms is key to informed MHPSS emergency responses. Recommendations for Conducting Ethical Mental Health and Psychosocial Research in Emergency Settings provides an overview of principles, practices, and examples to support researches, practitioners, managers, emergency officers and communities to implement MHPSS research in emergency settings that is ethical. This IASC‎ Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Reference Group publication, coordinated, edited and published by IOM and funded by the Italian Development Cooperation, stems from a widespread need to limit malpractices in the conduction of research with vulnerable groups resulting in stigmatization. The document provides a set of ground rules that would allow research to be effective, programme-bound, ethical and not harmful.

Content:

  • Do’s and Don’ts
  • Introduction
  • Key Concepts
  •  Ethical Recommendations
    • Research Purpose and Benefit
    • Analysis of Ethical Issues
    • Participation
    • Safety
    • Neutrality
    • Study Design
  • Feedback
  • References
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