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Subjetividad y procesos cognitivos

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ROUSSOS, Andrés  and  BRAUN, Magdalena. Ethical considerations concerning the preparation and keeping of clinical material for its computerized analysis. Subj. procesos cogn. [online]. 2010, vol.14, n.2, pp.233-246. ISSN 1852-7310.

The process of preparation, analysis, and keeping of clinical equipment used for research in Clinical Psychology is especially vulnerable to potential ethical liability. It's necessary to consider the risks associated with the use of computers in each of the instances of research. The preparation of clinical material is mostly associated with the concern to generate databases with authorizations incorporated for the use of such material. It's necessary to take into account the different actors of the clinical process, starting with the patient, the psychotherapist and the institution in which the treatment takes place. Each of these actors has distinctive interests that must be identified and preserved by the researcher. Computer systems of conception and documentation of the material must take into account that process. Likewise, the analyses of material shouldn´t overlook the preservation of privacy nor its original features. A faulty facade can cause serious problems to the researcher and to those whom he must preserve. Clinical material storage is the most vulnerable issue of the system since it ranges from the loss of unique and unrepeatable material to the risk of not counting on an appropriate satisfactory care context. It´s important that the researcher and the rest of the system involved in the use of clinical material for research have systems of evaluation and protection of the rights of each of the participants.

Keywords : Ethical care of clinical material; Computer-aided analysis.

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