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Western-led team delivers world-first ethics guidelines

November 2012

weijerLed by Charles Weijer of Western’s Rotman Institute of Philosophy, in association with Jeremy Grimshaw and Monica Taljaard of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, an international team of researchers has issued world-first ethics guidelines governing cluster randomized trials (CRTs). The Ottawa Statement on the Ethical Design and Conduct of Cluster Randomized Trials provides researchers and research ethics committees with detailed guidance on the ethical design, conduct and review of CRTs. Published in the current edition of PLoS Medicine, this marks the first time dedicated ethical guidelines have been established for CRTs. It is expected these recommendations will become part of research ethics policies and practice around the world. Read more