Health Educators Code Of Ethics Essay

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I found an interesting article in the New York Times called, Decades Later, Condemnation for a Skid Row Cancer Study, the article reminded me of the Tuskegee experiment. While reading this article about the study I found many things that were unethical applicable to the Health Educators Code of Ethics. The code of ethic that this research clearly violated is article V, responsibility in research and evaluation. Article V says that Health Educators should contribute to the health of the population and to the profession through research and evaluation activities. That when planning and conducting research or evaluation the health educators should do so in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations that were put into place by organizational and institutional policies and to follow professional standards. This article is about a medical researcher from Columbia University, Dr. Perry Hudson, who recruited a vulnerable population of men to participate in the study. The participants consists of men who were alcoholics and some who were homeless from Lower Manhattan. Recruitment was done by offering the participants shelter, three meals a day for a few days, and if the participants biopsies confirmed cancer they were also offered free medical treatment.Hudson wanted to prove that prostate cancer could be detected early and be cured. However…show more content…
This issue violated Article 1 of responsibility to the public for health educators to promote wellness through principles of self-determination and freedom of choice for the individuals. Participants were offered meal tickets but the meal tickets were taken from participants and returned to them only when they keep their appointments. Participants should have the right to stop anytime during the study without any penalty but in this study, if they didn’t follow through the whole research they’re incentives were taken
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