Ethics in Research Discussion

Ethics in Research Discussion

Ethics in Research Discussion


Learning Resources

Required Readings

Jacobsen, K.H. (2017). Introduction to health research methods. (2nd ed.). Burlington: Jones and Bartlett Learning. HLTH 4205 Ethics in Research Discussion

  • Chapter 23, “Ethical Considerations,” pp. 181–194
  • Chapter 24, “Ethical Review and Approval,” pp. 195–204

American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. (n.d.). IACUC central. Retrieved January 5, 2019, from

Public Broadcast System. (2014). The Nuremburg trials: Defendant Gӧring. Retrieved from…

Resnik, D. (2015). What is ethics in research and why is it important? Retrieved from…

Walden University Center for Research Quality. (n.d.) Home. Retrieved January 16, 2019, from

Walden University Center for Research Quality. (n.d.). Research ethics & compliance: Welcome from the IRB. Retrieved January 16, 2019, from…

Optional Resources

Nusbaum, L., Douglas, B., Damus, K., Paasche-Orlow, M., & Estrella-Luna, N. (2017). Communicating risks and benefits in informed consent for research: A qualitative study. Global Qualitative Nursing Research. doi: 10.1177/2333393617732017

  • Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2016). The Belmont report: Ethical principles and guidelines for the protection of human subjects of research. Retrieved from…

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2018). Clinical trials and human subject protection. Retrieved from…

Discussion: Ethics in Research

The responsible conduct of research is essential to protecting both human and non-human animal subjects. Vulnerable populations have been exploited throughout the centuries, and even today, research subjects are at risk of injury or death. As a researcher, you must be able to identify potential areas of ethical concern. Sometimes these areas are obvious, whereas other times you must consider the far-reaching effects of the research on study participants.

In this Discussion, you will consider the possible ethical dilemmas that might occur while conducting your research.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review the textbook chapters in ethical issues in research
  • Review the textbook chapters on the ethical requirements for research
  • Consider the informed consent process needed for your research
  • Consider the potential populations participating in your search
  • Think about any conflict of interest for yourself or other members of the research team


Post a comprehensive response that addresses only the following:

  • Identify the population and setting of your research
  • What are two ethical issues that may affect your proposed research?
  • How can you avoid these issues?
  • Will your research require IRB or IACUC review? If so, what level of review? Why?

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.


Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:

  • Propose additional ethical issues that may be a concern for your colleagues
  • Offer additional strategies for avoiding ethical issues
  • If applicable, offer polite disagreement with your colleague’s analysis of whether a review is needed, and explain your response

Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of your colleagues’ comments. You are not required to post these final insights.

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