Ethical Concerns in Suicide Research: Results of an International Researcher Survey

Karl Andriessen, Lennart Reifels, Karolina Krysinska, Jo Robinson, Georgia Dempster, Jane Pirkis

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Researchers and research ethics committees share a common goal of conducting ethically sound research. However, little is known of researchers’ experiences in obtaining ethics approval for suicide-related studies. This study aimed to investigate what concerns researchers have received on suicide-related ethics applications and how they dealt with it. Thirty-four respondents, recruited through the International Association for Suicide Prevention, filled out an online survey. The study found that researchers have received important concerns regarding potential harm and researchers’ responsibilities to participants. Researchers modified their application and/or consulted their research ethics committee in response to the concerns, which had a positive/neutral impact on their given study. Anticipating concerns and improved collaboration between researchers and research ethics committees should protect the quality of suicide prevention research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-394
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • ethical review
  • ethics
  • institutional review board
  • prevention
  • research
  • research ethics
  • suicide

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