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Challenges that face the establishment of diabetes biobank in Jordan: a qualitative analysis of an online discussion forum

Authors Khabour OF, Abu-Siniyeh A

Received 11 November 2018

Accepted for publication 12 February 2019

Published 29 March 2019 Volume 2019:12 Pages 229—234

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S194161

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Cristina Weinberg

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser


Omar F Khabour,1 Ahmed Abu-Siniyeh1–3

1Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan; 2Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, Faculty of Science, Al-Balqa’ Applied University, As Salt, Jordan; 3Clinical Laboratory Sciences Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Taif University, Taif, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Introduction: Diabetes is common in Jordan with a prevalence of about 13% of the population. Establishment of a diabetes biobank in Jordan could have an enormous impact on the management and prevention of the disease.
Methods: In the current study, ethical challenges that might face the establishment of a biobank were examined by 28 researchers from the Middle East and North Africa region using an online discussion forum.
Results: All participants agreed on the importance of the establishment of a diabetes biobank in Jordan. The possible challenges that were discussed included confidentiality and privacy, informed consent, specimen ownership and participants’ rights, data sharing, returning of research results and incidental findings, lack of legislations, and importance of social awareness and public engagements with biobanks.
Conclusion: In conclusion, participants support the establishment of a diabetes biobank in Jordan; however, some ethical issues should be considered to ensure the success of the biobank.

Keywords: diabetes, biobank, Jordan, MENA, ethics

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