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Research Guidelines

Providence Health Care is a multi-site teaching hospital affiliated with UBC. As such, PHC research policies are written to be as consistent as possible with UBC's research policies.

These policies are effective across all PHC sites and apply to all PHC staff, physicians and UBC faculty and students who work at a Providence site. They also apply to any physician with admitting privileges at a PHC site if (a) any services are provided by PHC or (b) any part of the research takes place at a PHC site.

The term "Hospital" shall hereafter refer to any and all sites of PHC, and "University" shall indicate the University of British Columbia.

Purpose

To encourage biomedical research and to set out the authority, responsibility and procedures for all aspects of research activity conducted at any Providence Health Care site.

Definition of Research

A project carried out by anyone associated with Providence Health Care or the University of British Columbia, whether financed by grants, contracts or gifts, budgeted funds of the Hospital or University, or without specific financing, will be regarded under the terms of the Hospital and University policy as being research involving human subjects if:

  • A human is subjected to procedures, the purpose of which go beyond the subject's need for prophylaxis, diagnosis or therapy
  • A human is subjected to procedures which are experimental but which do not necessarily go beyond the subject's need for prophylaxis, diagnosis or therapy
  • Procedures are used in which an invasion of privacy may be involved, for example, by examination of records, by interviews, by observations, by administration of a questionnaire or test, or by audio or video recording
  • There is an intent to publish the data.

Human subject research includes any research involving human remains, cadavers, tissues, or biological fluids. Providence Health Care will not sanction any research involving the use of embryos or foetuses/foetal tissue.

Excluded from this definition are projects conducted for internal use only, such as chart reviews and questionnaires that are used for Quality Assurance, educational activities or program evaluation.

Responsible Functional Officer

The responsible functional officer for research at Providence Health Care is the Vice President, Research and Academic Affairs. This person holds a dual appointment and is also the Associate Dean Research, UBC Faculty of Medicine.

Providence Policies and Procedures

All PHC associated researchers must be familiar with the Providence Policies and Procedures. The following is an abbreviated listing of the Table of Contents. To down load the complete Policy and Procedures document, click on the file below.

1.0 SPONSORED RESEARCH
2.0 GRANTS FROM NON-PROFIT AGENCIES
3.0 RESEARCH TRUST ACCOUNTS
4.0 USE OF HOSPITAL SERVICES
5.0 ETHICAL CONDUCT OF RESEARCH INVOLVING HUMANS
6.0 PERSONAL CONTRACTS
7.0 RESEARCH SPACE
8.0 HEALTH INFORMATION FOR RESEARCH
9.0 SALARY AND HONORARIA
10.0 CONFLICT OF INTEREST
11.0 SOURCE DOCUMENTS AND RECOMMENDED READING

Download Providence Policy and Procedures

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