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audit, misconduct, peer review



  1. Rudy, Ellen B.
  2. Kerr, Mary E.


Background: Recognizing the increasing attention being given to reports of misconduct, fraud, and unethical behavior in biomedical research, it appears timely for nurse researchers to engage in an organized method of peer review.


Objectives: To describe an auditing process for funded research grants, the guidelines used to conduct the research audit, and the results to date.


Methods: The audit encompassed National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded projects and their respective research teams, 12 faculty auditors using an audit worksheet developed by the Center for Nursing Research.


Results: Overall, auditing of research grants was viewed positively by both investigators and faculty auditors. Minor problems were identified that could be corrected. Only one grant required a second review.


Conclusions: Specific guidelines are proposed for future audits that include level of funding and timing of audits.