May 2017 COREthical Challenge

Help us solve a research ethics challenge! Take a look at this scenario and answer a few questions... we will post results in next month’s newsletter.

Steve has agreed to participate in a study that involves wearing a SenseCam, a GPS tracking device and a smart phone for one week. To begin the study, he completes a questionnaire about his health behaviors. On day 1 through day 7 he wears the camera around his neck on a lanyard, puts his smart phone in his pocket and attaches the GPS to his belt. The wearable camera and GPS store information during the one-week period. The smart phone is set up to watch Steve’s activity level in real time and will prompt him to move around if he’s been sitting for too long. At the end of the week, he meets with members of the research team to turn in the three devices. At that time, Steve completes another questionnaire and is given an opportunity to review images that were taken while wearing the SenseCam. The pictures show, for example, his path to work, some people in the lab where he works and trips to the grocery store. He sees a few images that he considers private and chooses to delete those but, otherwise, nothing stands out. He has completed the study.

1. The GPS device is used to track the precise location (i.e., map coordinates) of a person, as well as where participant travels. It is the size of a small pager and is worn on a person’s belt. However, GPS data can also be collected from a person’s cell phone.

2. A SenseCam is an outward facing wearable camera with a ‘fisheye’ lens that automatically takes photographs of what the person sees.

3. A smart phone is used as a mobile device to access e-mail and the internet and can be used in health research to monitor and/or intervene (e.g., behaviors, moods) .


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* 1. The study risks include:

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* 2. The study benefits appear to be greater than the risks of harm to participants.

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* 3. I replied to this COREthics Challenge as a/an:

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