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Following the Research Ethics Symposium held in late-October 2020, Research Ethics BC organized an opportunity for Research Ethics Board (REB) administrators to debrief about their most significant “takeaways” from the event. The key points are now being shared, with the hope that learnings inform research ethics work in the province.
Self-care during a pandemic: Ideas were shared around the expectation of taking responsibility for one’s own self-care as this was a recurring theme during the event. Getting a dog seems to have resounded with a couple of the attendees.
Dissemination of Results: A discussion was held around what role research ethics has in ensuring researchers disseminate results to participants. Information needs to be accessible, free and easy to understand for public stakeholders. Currently, there are a variety of methods used by institutions to convey the message to researchers, including the UBC RISe application. Used by most researchers for harmonized research ethics approval in BC, it contains instructions that informing participants of the research results is as important as disseminating results to the research community. This is in alignment with the findings of the Study Results Working Group formed by CTBC. Next steps for research ethics include presentations to REBs from a project co-created by Sarah Flann, Research Ethics and Regulatory Specialist, Alia Januwalla, Knowledge Translation Specialist, and Brittney Schichter, Research Navigator of the SUPPORT Unit Fraser Centre. The project “Ethical Community and Patient Engagement in Knowledge Translation: Techniques for REB Review of Knowledge Translation and Dissemination Plans” will result in the validation of a tool for REBs to use. The working draft title for this tool is: “Checklist: Ethical Review of Patient-Oriented and Community Engaged Knowledge Translation and Dissemination Plans.”
Cultural Safety: Research ethics boards may feel unsure how to apply the principles outlined in Chapter 9 of TCPS2 (2018) Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada. The REBs often face a crucial tension between protecting communities without limiting self-determination. But we as REBs need to remember that communities are very happy to say no and set boundaries when they cannot support research. While it is difficult for the REB to determine what meaningfulengagement looks like, a recent FNHA and REBC Note on Trauma Informed Care could provide some insights for researchers.
The value of symposiums where current research is presented: REBs and Administrators are often disconnected from the end results of research, so it is incredibly valuable to hear directly from the researchers at symposiums or conferences such as this one.
Who is the contact for questions about the learnings?
For more information on the learnings from the symposium, please contact Paola Pinto Vidal, Education and Communications Coordinator.
How to get involved?
If you are interested in getting involved in the future research ethics symposium, please contact REBC Unit Director, Terri Fleming.