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Who Guidance on Ethical Considerations in Designing and Conducting Research on Sexual and Reproductive Health in Adolescents

Who Guidance on Ethical Considerations in Designing and Conducting Research on Sexual and Reproductive Health in Adolescents

Background: Well-intentioned attempts to protect adolescents
from harm leads many research ethical boards
and committees to exclude adolescents as a group from
research studies in which there are sound reasons for
them to be included. And where they are included,
researchers to find the right balance between the ethical
imperative on the other hand, and legal requirements
and practical considerations on the other.
Objective: At this seminar, the key recommendations
of the WHO guidance in four areas will be presented:
 Defining the study population
 Autonomy, consent, and assent
 Reconciling conflicting legal and ethical obligations
with regard to adolescent research participants
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