Ethical Standards Of Scientific Research

1443 WordsJan 26, 20166 Pages
(Ethical Standards of Scientific Research) When a person is asked what he/she thinks of ethics or morals they reply is usually right or wrong, many would give examples of ethics such as the Golden Rule ("Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"), a protocol of professional conduct in the healthcare industry is the Hippocratic Oath ("First of all, do no harm"), a religious creed in the Holy Bible is the Ten Commandments ("Thou Shalt not kill..."). The distinguish between right and wrong is typically learned at home, at school, in church, or in other social settings. Even though most people gain their sense of right and wrong during early childhood, moral growth transpires throughout life and human beings pass through different stages of growth as they mature. Ethical standards are so omnipresent that one might be tempted to regard them as simple common sense. On the other hand, if morality were nothing more than common sense, then why are there so many ethical disputes and issues in our society? There are three reasons why it is extremely important to adhere to ethical standards in research. First, ethical standards promote the objectives of research, such as knowledge, honesty, and avoidance of error. For example, preventions against fabricating, doctoring, or misrepresenting research information promote the truth and avoid error. Second, because research often includes a great deal of cooperation and coordination among numerous different people in different
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