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


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.

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
College of Health & Life Sciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > Chronic and Communicable Conditions
College of Health & Life Sciences > Clinical and Systems Neuroscience
Uncontrolled Keywords: interpretative phenomenological analysis,neuroethics,neuroimaging,qualitative research,Applied Psychology
Publication ISSN: 1461-7277
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2024 08:04
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2012 10:20
Full Text Link: http://hpq.sage ... tract/13/8/1051
Related URLs: http://www.scop ... tnerID=8YFLogxK (Scopus URL)
PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2008-11
Authors: Shaw, Rachel L. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-0438-7666)
Senior, Carl (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-2155-4139)
Peel, Elizabeth A.
Cooke, Richard (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-0476-6284)
Donnelly, Louise S.


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