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Guiding Principles for Research at Windsor Regional Hospital

Keeping with its mission and values, Windsor Regional Hospital is a public institution whose resources, staff and health care practitioners are dedicated to providing excellence in health care. Improving the quality of life through the advancement of human health care is an important component of excellence in health care.

Research is a fundamental activity for the generation of new knowledge and thereby the improvement of patient care.  The research conducted in affiliation with Windsor Regional Hospital is of considerable benefit to the community, its health care practitioners, and the hospital.  Research activities also enhance the education and awareness of the medical, nursing, and allied health care professionals in the institution.

The Research Ethics Board (REB)

·         The first and foremost purpose of the Research Ethics Board is to ensure the  Protection of Study Volunteers in Research

The Research Ethics Board follows the Guidelines set out in the Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.   These guidelines were released in 1998 by the Medical Research Council of Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Before any research that involves living human subjects can take place at Windsor Regional Hospital, the proposal for research must undergo a review and approval process by the Research Ethics Board to ensure that the research complies with the highest of ethical standards.  The REB will approve whether the scientific question or hypothesis is significant enough to warrant the use of human subjects and that the proposed study and conduct of their research demonstrates:

  • respect for human dignity
  • respect for voluntary and informed consent
  • respect for vulnerable persons
  • respect for privacy and confidentiality
  • respect for welfare and rights of research subjects by balancing harms and benefits through minimizing harm and by maximizing beneficence.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who proposes the studies conducted at Windsor Regional Hospital?

Can I participate in a research study?  

Can I withdraw my consent, and “get out of a study” if I want to?

What if I have a question about the study I’m enrolled in?

Contact Information

If you have any questions or would like information about submitting a proposal to conduct research, you may contact: 

Erin Link
Research Ethics Coordinator
Windsor Regional Hospital
Research Ethics Office
Windsor Regional Room ME1310
(519) 254-5577
Extension 52034
erin.link@wrh.on.ca