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Distribution of Online Research Surveys

The AHTA may agree to distribute online research surveys, provided:

a) The researcher is a Member of the AHTA, NZHTA, AHSS, SESA or a Member of an affiliated Assocation of the IFSHT or IFSSH
b) The research is relevant to hand therapy
c) The survey contains a participant information within the survey or as an information sheet
d) The research has ethics approval *please see note below
e) The survey is reviewed by the Research and Scholarship subcommittee on a case by case basis and is deemed to be of high quality and support research in to hand therapy

The researcher in turn must agree to:

a) Acknowledge the assistance of the AHTA (in publication)
b) Provide a copy of the completed paper for the AHTA library
c) Present research findings at an AHTA conference, meeting or national webinar or provide a written summary for the AHTA newsletter.

In agreeing to distribute research surveys the AHTA does not endorse the views of the researcher or the content of the survey.

Reviewed September 2017 by R&S Committee


*Please note:  Re Ethics Approval

Ethics approval is actually required for any research (including surveys) that sources information from human participants.  This is true whether the information is being used for a presentation to a special interest group or surgeons even if the findings are not for publication or a research project.

This is an excerpt detailing this from the University of Newcastle.

Ethics approval must be sought for research involving human participants.
A 'participant' is someone who:

Actively provides research data. For example:

  • completes surveys
  • participates in interviews, discussions or observations
  • undergoes psychological, physiological or medical treatment or testing
  • tests software
  • grants access to personal collections of records, photographs etc.
  1.  Is the person from whom tissue has been collected (including blood, urine, saliva, hair)
  2.  Is identified in a record, e.g. employment record, medical record, education record, membership list, electoral roll or
  3.  Is identified or de-identified in data banks or unpublished human research data, e.g. an analysis of existing unpublished data collected by another researcher or collected for a different research project.

To seek ethics approval click here for access to a list of registered ethics committees that you can apply to - it should go through quickly as a low risk ethics application (LNR).