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The relevance of relevance in research
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 1830085
Author(s) Shaw, David; Elger, Bernice S.
Author(s) at UniBasel Shaw, David
Elger, Bernice Simone
Year 2013
Title The relevance of relevance in research
Journal Swiss medical weekly
Volume 143
Pages / Article-Number 13792
Keywords research ethics, Swiss Research Act, clinical trials, relevance, medical law, medical ethics

A new Swiss law requires that any research involving humans must aim to answer “a relevant research question”. This paper explains the relevance of the relevance criterion in research, analyses the Swiss and British guidelines on relevance, and proposes a framework for researchers and research ethics committee (REC) members that enables a clearer conception of the role of relevance in research. We conclude that research must be either scientifically or societally beneficial in order to qualify as relevant, and RECs therefore cannot avoid reviewing the scientific aspects of proposed studies. Normally only scientifically relevant studies can be of benefit to society, but research of low scientific relevance can nonetheless be relevant to society if it forms part of the education of new doctors and scientists.

Publisher EMH
ISSN/ISBN 1424-7860
Full Text on edoc No
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.4414/smw.2013.13792
PubMed ID
ISI-Number WOS:000321943500003
Document type (ISI) Review

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