Ethical And Data-Integrity Problems In The Second Lancet Survey Of Mortality In Iraq
This paper considers the second Lancet survey of mortality in Iraq published in October 2006. It presents some evidence suggesting ethical violations to the survey's respondents including endangerment, privacy breaches and violations in obtaining informed consent. Breaches of minimal disclosure standards examined include non-disclosure of the survey's questionnaire, data-entry form, data matching anonymised interviewer identifications with households and sample design. The paper also presents some evidence relating to data fabrication and falsification, which falls into nine broad categories. This evidence suggests that this survey cannot be considered a reliable or valid contribution towards knowledge about the extent of mortality in Iraq since 2003. Editor's Note: The authors of the Lancet II Study were given the opportunity to reply to this article. No reply has been forthcoming.
Volume (Year): 21 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
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