Is the QNIHS safe?

The QNIHS will undergo a rigorous ethics review process before any data collection takes place. An ethics review means that the planned research is formally reviewed against a set of guiding principles or questions that are designed to ensure that the research creates positive impacts and reduces any possible negative impacts on participants. Research ethics are used to protect the participants such as protecting their privacy, ensuring the research does not harm them in any way, ensuring that the research is beneficial to participants and their communities, ensuring they have free, prior and informed consent to participate and maintaining best practices for confidentiality.