As the name suggests research on research is research and all research projects, in the health and social care domain, should go through ethics (whether that be HRA or an institutional committee). In addition, whilst continuous improvement projects, like service evaluations and audits do not always go through ethics they should still adhere to the main ethical principles of consent, anonymity and data protection. A question I have is how does ethics approvals and continuous improvement efforts work in practice?
I think there are very real ethical issues that arise in research on research, but these are often not well understood or walked through by those commissioning or undertaking the work. Shedding some light on how to do this well would add real value – perhaps through some worked examples where the ethical issues are well explained, alongside how those issues were addressed?