Putting the "Ethics" Back into Research Ethics: A Process for Ethical Reflection for Human Research Protection

TitlePutting the "Ethics" Back into Research Ethics: A Process for Ethical Reflection for Human Research Protection
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication6
AuthorsPerlman, D
JournalJournal of Research Administration
Date Published06//
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number15391590
KeywordsBUREAUCRACY , justice , Moral , professional , research , Respect , Review
AbstractRegulations for protecting human subjects contain practical applications of ethical principles such as respect for persons, beneficence, and justice. Nevertheless, I contend that research ethics—from the perspective of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), sponsors of research, and others involved in protecting human subjects—focuses more on "compliance with the regulations" and less on the ethical principles themselves. Compliance is important, but it can be too narrowly focused on "checking off boxes" and the bureaucracy of documentation. The goal of this paper is to supply IRB members and others involved in human subject protections a framework for engaging in ethical reflection using their own ethical intuitions and in ethical dialogue with others who must protect human subjects. 
Notes1Accession Number: 23907120; Perlman, David 1,2; Email Address: david.perlman@doh.state.nj.us; Affiliations: 1: Director, Human Research Ethics Program, NJ Department of Health & Senior Services.; 2: Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, PO Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625.; Issue Info: 2006, Vol. 37 Issue 1, p13; Thesaurus Term: RESEARCH; Thesaurus Term: PROFESSIONAL ethics; Thesaurus Term: REVIEW committees; Thesaurus Term: BUREAUCRACY; Subject Term: MORAL & ethical aspects; Subject Term: RESPECT for persons; Subject Term: JUSTICE; Number of Pages: 10p; Document Type: Editorial