STA630 Research Methods GDB 2 Solution Spring 2014

A researcher, from a developed country, decided to collect blood samples from an under developed country for his study. Before collecting the samples, the researcher got the informed consent from participants.  As many of the participants were illiterate, researcher and his team had to have the consent form read and explained. Free medical treatment was given to the masses and medicines were also distributed in order to involve large number of people and make them willing to participate.

On the day of collection of blood samples, it was of immense surprise that hardly 50% of the participants arrived at the makeshift clinic for giving their blood samples. This created a panic, so the researcher decided that there was no way out other than taking the equipment with the team and went to participants’ houses. Researcher was contented that this strategy would increase the response rate as by personally visiting the houses would make harder for participants to say “NO”.

Question:

Discuss whether all of the steps taken by the researcher are justified; or has he crossed the ethical line of respecting respondents’ rights at any stage. Generate number of arguments to support your stance.

Solution: 

Evaluation of above scenario by point to point………….
1) First Step taken by Researcher{ Taking Consent from its Candidates to collect Samples}:-

 

If we try to look at this step of researcher, it is the right method or we can say that the code of ethics applied to this step is definitely right at first time meeting new people and getting permission from them is of utmost importance, so that is what researcher have done getting Consent (approval) of their right to get donation of blood.

 

2) Second Step taken by Researcher { Explaining and giving information on the form of Consent before taking sample}:-

 

Now when we look at this step, the right method of performing any action to some random personal is explaining what u are trying to do, what is its purpose, what would be its results.

 

3) Third Step taken by Researcher { Giving Medical Treatment was given to the masses and medicines were also distributed in order to involve large number of people and make them willing to participate }:-

Whether some persons will call it marketing function or advertisement of one own company, but it will still be ethical giving medical treatment and medicines to all those persons who need them are of utmost importance. It is just a natural Act for those in Power to help the poor.

 

4) Final Step taken by Researcher {The researcher decided that there was no way out other than taking the equipment with the team and went to participants’ houses }:-

The last step which violated the ethics and happen the matter of crossing the ethical line was taking the equipment to collect samples of blood by going to door step of Participants, now if we observe this statement “That People from which the blood would have been collected were randomly selected by Researcher they didn’t volunteer themselves to gave their blood”. The next thing will be that who gave the right to Researcher to go some one’s home and asking him to donate blood as his belief was that they will not say NO, but that is not the matter in real life.

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