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Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME)

Ensuring ethical conduct of implementation research: new WHO training course on implementation research co-authored by Valerie Luyckx

Today, TDR and WHO launched a new training course on ethics in implementation research to ensure appropriate engagement with research subjects and relevant communities and to safeguard against any potential harm, co-authored by Valerie Luiyckx

Implementation research (IR) contributes to understanding and addressing barriers to implementation and scale-up of effective and quality health interventions, strategies and policies. IR is thus essential for accelerating progress toward universal health coverage. TDR undertakes a range of activities aiming to strengthen IR capacity in low- and middle-income countries, including the development of training tools such as the IR Toolkit.

As with all research involving human subjects, IR protocols must be reviewed by research ethics committees. However, given the “real life” context of IR, it is important that researchers and research ethics committees are familiar with the specific ethical issues of IR. The need was therefore identified to develop guidance for researchers and research ethics committees on the ethical implications of IR.

TDR and WHO’s Global Health Ethics team, both part of WHO’s new Science Division, have jointly developed a training course for researchers and research ethics committees on the important ethical considerations in IR. The course comprises six interactive modules interspersed with activities including country case studies, role-play and quizzes.