The Belmont Report Differentiates Between Practice and Research

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The potential for good is drastic; however, a potential for hurt exists as well. Although history is full of stories documenting the positives of research, events of scientific research hurting individuals still haunt history. These events, including the Holocaust and the Tuskegee experiments, demonstrate instances where scientific research on human beings is clearly unethical and damaging. Due to horrific events such as these, the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research published the Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research, or Belmont Report, in 1979. Based on numerous years of discussion and research, the Belmont Report differentiates between practice and research, identifies three basic ethical principles, and identifies specific application guidelines concerning research using human subjects. Within the report, the three ethical principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice are pivotal for any research using human subjects and lay the foundation for conducting ethical research. The following text offers a brief overview of these basic ethical principles and analyzes the ethicality of current resiliency research using military members and their families…
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