Ethics aspects of study methods

At the end of this module the learner will be able to understand:

  • Why and how ethics issues can affect study methods
  • How international guidelines on research ethics can affect study methods
  • How to report ethics aspects in the methods section of a research paper
  • Why medical journals mandate prospective registration of clinical trials, protection of patient confidentiality, and other ethics issues that affect study methods.

Written by:

Trish Groves

Biography :

Trish Groves is head of research at BMJ and editor-in-chief of BMJ Open.


Accreditor credit Accreditation statement
BMJ 4 credits, 4:00 hours BMJ has assigned 4 hours of CPD/CME credit to this module.
BMJ Learning 1 credit, 1:00 hour BMJ Learning has assigned one hour of credit to this module

Release date

12 Jan 2016

Last updated

12 Jan 2016