Protecting Participants and Facilitating Social and Behavioral Sciences Research

TitleProtecting Participants and Facilitating Social and Behavioral Sciences Research
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsUnited States, National Research Council,, on Surveys, PIRB, Research, SS
Pagination276 p.
PublisherNational Academies Press
Place PublishedWashington, D.C.
ISBN Number0309088526
AbstractInstitutional review boards (IRBs) are the linchpins of the protection systems that govern human participation in research. In recent years, high-profile cases have focused attention on the weaknesses of the procedures in place to protect participants in medical research. The issues surrounding participants in place to protect in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences may be less visible to the public eye, but they are no less important in ensuring ethical and responsible research. This report examines three key issues related to human participation in social, behavioral, and economic sciences research: (1) obtaining informed, voluntary consent from prospective participants: (2) guaranteeing the confidentiality of information collected from participants, which is a particularly challenging problem in social sciences research; and (3) using appropriate review procedures for "minimal-risk" research. This report can be browsed through the National Academies Press Web site.
URLhttp://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?isbn=0309088526
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