Fernandez Hospital is committed to excellence in clinical care that reflects in a constant effort to update, test and generate new knowledge in the field of perinatal health care.
Health care personnel at Fernandez Hospital engage in research, as part of this commitment to excellence, focusing on all aspects of perinatal care. These include, but are not limited to, research on the magnitude and distribution of disease, risk factors and causation, interventions and outcomes and audit of clinical processes.
Fernandez Hospital has an Institutional Review Board (IRB) registered with the Office of Human Research Protection, Bethesda, USA, that approves research protocols for implementation after a process of due diligence that focuses on the scientific integrity of the protocol and ethical appropriateness of the study such that actual or potential research participants are protected with respect to their dignity, rights, safety and wellbeing and not subjected to undue harm. The IRB functions independent of Fernandez Hospital and comprises members drawn from several sections of society including non-medical members. The IRB will ensure that the cardinal principles of research ethics, viz. Autonomy, Beneficence, Non-maleficence and Justice are taken care of in planning, conduct and reporting of the proposed research. All research at Fernandez Hospital can be started only with the prior approval of the IRB.