Informing Consent for the Publication of Case Material: Principles, Considerations and Recommendations

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School of Public Health & Psychosocial Studies, Auckland University of Technology and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (NZAP) Inc.

In this article, the authors examine the ethical issues involved in the use of case studies by health professionals when presenting research, specifically focusing on how informed consent is obtained from or, rather, negotiated with the client. It is argued that collecting personal information for the purposes of healing is not the same as collecting it for the purposes of research and, therefore, that informed and voluntary consent for this use is essential. The theoretical principles covering ethics in research are discussed in relation to the use of case studies in publications, based on international codes and declarations, on Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and framed in a relational paradigm. Practical considerations and recommendations for those writing for journals and, specifically, this journal, are presented and promoted.


I tēnei tuhinga ka arotakehia e ngā kaituhi ngā take matatika o te whakamahi a ngā ngaio hauora i ngā tauria whaiaro i roto i ā rātou mahi rangahau. Ko te kīi, he rerekā anō te kaupapa kohi korero whaiaro hai whai oranga ki tērā o te kohikohi korero hai mahi rangahau. Nā tēnei, me mātua whakatau korero mātau, whai whakaaetanga hoki ēnei momo mahi. Ka matapakihia nga mātāpono haukoti i te matatika rangahau ki te whakaurunga o ngā tauira whaiaro ki ngā tuhinga whakaputa, e ai ki ngā tohu me ngā whakahau o te ao me tā Te Tiriti o Waitangi: ka horaina, ka tautokohia ngā whakatauhanga whakaaro me ngā whakaritenga mā te hunga e tuhi ana mō ngā huataka, tohutika ki tēnei huataka.

Case material; Case reports; Case studies; Informed consent; The Nuremburg Code; The Universal Declaration of Human Rights; The Helsinki Declaration; Te Tiriti o Waitangi
Ata: Journal of Psychotherapy Aotearoa New Zealand, 18(1), 51-65. Retrieved from
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