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The Practice of Research Ethics in Lebanon and Qatar: Perspectives of Researchers on Informed Consent

Nakkash, Rima; Qutteina, Yara; Nasrallah, Catherine; Wright, Katharine; El-Alti, Leila; Makhoul, Jihad; Al-Ali, Khalid


Rima Nakkash

Yara Qutteina

Catherine Nasrallah

Katharine Wright

Jihad Makhoul

Khalid Al-Ali


Informed consent requirements for conducting research with human participants are set by institutional review boards (IRBs) following established guidelines. Despite this, researchers continue to face challenges in seeking and obtaining informed consent. This study discusses researchers’ views of such problems in Lebanon and Qatar, which vary in research regulation. We conducted in-depth interviews with 52 academic researchers from various fields of research in both countries and analyzed them using thematic analysis. Important disjunctions emerged between IRB requirements and actual practice. Variations in obtaining informed consent were affected by the research context, type of research, and the prevalent cultural norms and values. Regulatory systems and guidelines for informed consent do not necessarily ensure ethical research conduct. Implications for improvement are presented.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Sep 14, 2017
Publication Date 2017-12
Deposit Date Nov 7, 2022
Journal Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics
Print ISSN 1556-2646
Electronic ISSN 1556-2654
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 5
Pages 352-362
Keywords Qatar, Lebanon, informed consent, institutional review board, sociocultural, researchers, ethics review process
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