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How to Ethically Kill Two Birds with One Stone


Title: How to Ethically Kill Two Birds with One Stone


Author: Celia B. Fisher, Decoding the Ethics Code: A Practical Guide for Psychologists, Sage Publications, 2003


Description:

A graduate student collecting data for her doctoral dissertation at the site where she has completed her clinical internship takes appropriate precautions to minimize potential conflicts of interest with former patients. Fisher presents this as an example of best practice.


Headings: Identifying and Managing Conflicts of Interest; Dual roles of researchers


Case Type: Illustrative


How to Ethically Kill Two Birds with One Stone

A graduate student member of the APA received permission to collect data for her doctoral dissertation at her internship site. The methodology included individual interviews with patients at the veterans hospital where she interned. The graduate student restricted her recruitment to hospital patients who were not in the section in which she worked. In addition, she hired and trained a research assistant to recruit participants and obtain informed consent.