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OFF-SITE WORKING

HOME AND COMMUNITY VISITS
Definition: Home or community visits involve interviewing research participants in their own home, or a community setting, to gather information or provide clinical or medical assessment which cannot be conducted on UCL premises.

Risks: The significant risks associated with home visits are:

  • being subjected to physical assault or verbal abuse (by the participant or family member);
  • damage or theft of personal property;
  • exposure to domestic pets i.e. cats or dogs may be aggressive or expose the researcher to allergens;
  • lone and /or isolated working (the assessment of risk must consider whether lone working is appropriate or whether a colleague should be present).

UCL Research Ethics Committee Approval

All research proposals involving living human participants and the collection and/or study of data derived from living human participants undertaken by UCL staff or students on UCL premises and/or by UCL staff or students elsewhere requires UCL Research Ethics Committee approval.

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