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Moral perspectives on covert research

dc.contributor.authorVan Niekerk, Anton A.en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-18T09:55:43Z
dc.date.available2016-01-18T09:55:43Z
dc.date.issued2014-11-04
dc.identifier.citationVan Niekerk, A. A. 2014. Moral perspectives on covert research. South African Journal of Bioethics and Law, 7(2):55-58, doi:10.7196/SAJBL.320.
dc.identifier.issn1999-7639 (online)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.7196/SAJBL.320
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/98180
dc.descriptionCITATION: Van Niekerk, A. A. 2014. Moral perspectives on covert research. South African Journal of Bioethics and Law, 7(2):55-58, doi:10.7196/SAJBL.320.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://www.sajbl.org.za
dc.description.abstractThe term ‘covert research’ refers to research on human subjects for which informed consent is not, and allegedly cannot, be solicited – not because of wilful negligence or the deliberate transgression of research ethics guidelines on the part of the researcher(s), but because the revelation of the nature of the research to the involved research participants would necessarily invalidate the research results. While covert research is deemed necessary in a number of sciences, such as ethnography, such research nevertheless elicits major ethical concern due to the fact that it seemingly violates the values of respect for autonomy and the protection of research subjects – values that have, since the first formulations of the Nuremberg Code, the Belmont Declaration and the series of Helsinki accords, become almost axiomatic in our understanding of the basic tenets of responsible and ethical research on human subjects. In this article, I contend that while subject autonomy is a pivotal value in morally legitimate research generally, there is more to morally legitimate research than informed consent. I conclude by formulating a few guidelines for the identification of circumstances under which covert research might and might not be morally in order.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://www.sajbl.org.za/index.php/sajbl/article/view/320
dc.format.extent4 pagesen_ZA
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherHealth & Medical Publishing Groupen_ZA
dc.subjectCovert researchen_ZA
dc.subjectInformed consent (Medical law)en_ZA
dc.subjectResearch -- Moral and ethical aspectsen_ZA
dc.subjectMedical ethicsen_ZA
dc.titleMoral perspectives on covert researchen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's versionen_ZA
dc.rights.holderSouth African Journal of Bioethics and Lawen_ZA


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