The Four Themes of CIHR Funded Health Research

Research funded by CIHR is organized under the four themesFootnote 1 shown below. This section provides a description of each theme as well as examples of common ethical issues that may arise under each theme. Research is not an activity that is isolated from society. A wide range of stakeholders influence the lifecycle of knowledge creation and application including funders, students, patients, industry, and policy-makers as illustrated in the examples below.
  • Common ethical considerations that researchers should be aware of under this theme include:
    • Access to, and the allocation of, scarce resources such as databanks or expensive equipment required to conduct research
    • Factors that may inappropriately influence the framing of research questions and the conduct of researchers such as personal gain and other conflicts of interest
  • Common ethical considerations that researchers should be aware of under this theme include:
    • The ways in which the funding source may influence the researcher and the research agenda
    • Equal access to research participation and the equitable distribution of research benefits to human participants
  • Common ethical considerations that researchers should be aware of under this theme include:
    • Complex ethical tradeoffs that must be considered when analyzing the economic efficiency of the health care system or particular services
    • Determining the best interests of diverse communities and the best way to serve the needs of these communities
  • Common ethical considerations that researchers should be aware of under this theme include:
    • Thinking through the special considerations or unique harms and benefits that may arise when conducting research with vulnerable groups
    • Weighing the best interests of groups or whole populations against the rights of individuals when conducting public health research

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Canadian Institutes of Health Research. (2010). CIHR-CMAJ - Top Achievements in Health Research – 2009.

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