December 13, 2010
As electronic records become increasingly common place nursing staff need to familiarise themselves with the key concerns associated with their use. Many of these relate to issues of consent – what information is going to be included, who will see it, who it will be shared with, and what rights apply. The governments of all four UK countries have produced and publicised information for patients/clients about their rights and the answers to these questions.
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September 9, 2010
Questions have been raised about whether and how health care quality improvement (QI) initiatives ought to be reviewed to address possible ethical issues asso- ciated with them. These questions have focused primarily on whether some QI initiatives meet the regulatory criteria for human subject research and should therefore be regulated and reviewed as such. Based on surveys of health care system professionals conducting QI initiatives and hospital CEOs, this issue brief finds that QI initiatives are routinely reviewed by a variety of internal mechanisms prior to implementation, although rarely through an institutional review board or another independent body charged specifically with ethical oversight of QI initiatives. Further research, the authors say, is needed to achieve a bet- ter understanding of how review mechanisms for QI initiatives are structured, including information on who reviews these activities, how they are reviewed, and whether such processes include an ethical assessment of the proposed QI initiative (Faden, et al. 2010).
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