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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 34-37

Reporting ethical aspects in published research articles in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry

1 Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India
2 Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust, The Caludon Centre, Clifford Bridge Road, Coventry, CV2 2TE, United Kingdom

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Santosh K Chaturvedi
Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental health and Neurosciences, Bangalore 560 029
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.44902

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Background: Reporting of informed consent and ethical approval are important aspects of published papers which indicate the knowledge and sensitivity about ethical aspects of research by the researchers. Materials and Methods: This study reports description of informed consent and ethical approval in the published psychiatric research in the main journal of psychiatry in India. All original research articles (n=157) published in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry in the years 2000, 2003 to 2007 were included. Results: Informed consent was mentioned in 51% of studies in 2000, which gradually rose to 82% by the year 2007. Ethics committee approvals were mentioned in 2% of studies in 2000, and 25% of reports in 2007. Consent was reported to be written in only 40%, content of the consent forms was mentioned in 17%, and the language of consent form was reported in 3% of the studies where consent was reported. Conclusions: Regulation of ethical principles and formulation of necessary guidelines or rules for research as well as for publications are necessary and desirable to ensure the safety of participants and good quality of research.



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