Ethical issues in neuroimaging health research:an IPA study with research participants

Shaw, Rachel L., Senior, Carl, Peel, Elizabeth A., Cooke, Richard and Donnelly, Louise S. (2008). Ethical issues in neuroimaging health research:an IPA study with research participants. Journal of Health Psychology, 13 (8), pp. 1051-1059.

Abstract

Neuroimaging is increasingly used to understand conditions like stroke and epilepsy. However, there is growing recognition that neuroimaging can raise ethical issues. We used interpretative phenomenological analysis to analyse interview data pre-and post-scan to explore these ethical issues. Findings show participants can become anxious prior to scanning and the protocol for managing incidental findings is unclear. Participants lacked a frame of reference to contextualize their expectations and often drew on medical narratives. Recommendations to reduce anxiety include dialogue between researcher and participant to clarify understanding during consent and the use of a `virtual tour' of the neuroimaging experience.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105308097970
Divisions: Life & Health Sciences > Psychology
Life & Health Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: interpretative phenomenological analysis,neuroethics,neuroimaging,qualitative research,Applied Psychology
Full Text Link: http://hpq.sage ... tract/13/8/1051
Related URLs: http://www.scop ... tnerID=8YFLogxK (Scopus URL)
Published Date: 2008-11
Authors: Shaw, Rachel L. ( 0000-0002-0438-7666)
Senior, Carl ( 0000-0002-2155-4139)
Peel, Elizabeth A.
Cooke, Richard ( 0000-0003-0476-6284)
Donnelly, Louise S.

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