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Trust me, I'm a researcher - The role of trust in the human research enterprise by Marilys Guillemir

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Winning Poster Prize of the BSA Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference 2012 - Trust me, I'm a researcher - The role of trust in the human research enterprise by Marilys Guillemir.

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Trust me, I'm a researcher - The role of trust in the human research enterprise by Marilys Guillemir

  1. 1. “Trust me, I’m a researcher” The role of trust in the human research enterpriseResearch question: What is the role of trust in Key findings: “I was truthful with myresearch, from the perspective of researchers and • Trust is an implicit rather than explicit feature of answers becauseresearch participants? research subconsciously, the person on the phone •Why does this matter? was nice to me, and itTrust is vital to all aspects of the human research was a trusting thing…” • For research participants, institutional trust is moreenterprise. However there is no empirical evidence importantabout the actual role of trust in research.  Institutional trust is based on general reputation, perceived rigour of researchMethods: governance practices, and commitment toQualitative individual interviews (in progress) with 15 using the research for the public good “I probably subconsciously thought with the universityresearchers and 22 research participants involved in like Melbourne, with such a big renowned university, • Participants value researchers being open,sensitive (high-risk) projects encompassing different that they would have some sort of checks and respectful and “nice”, but do not perceive this asresearch designs (in-depth interviews, longitudinalsurveys) processes in place”. trust. For participants: Why would I participate in research? Implications for research practice:  Desire to help • Face to face interaction can be beneficial but is not  Contribute essential for enabling the foundations of trust in  Social obligation research  Curious • Revalidates the importance of the ethics review 1. Do I trust the “It’s the university I trust…” process as part of institutional trust and institution? governance (reputation, • A failing in the research ethics review processes governance and If BOTH Interpersonal trust could damage institutional trust. public good) acceptable, with researcher decide to Authors Contact: Marilys Guillemin 2. Is participation participate Centre for Health and Society Marilys Guillemin too risky? University of Melbourne, Australia Lynn Gillam m.guillemin@unimelb.edu.au Foundations of trust Paul Stewart established Doreen Rosenthal Poster prepared by Emma Barnard Hannah Walker

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