Protecting human research participants is of utmost importance.
It is essential that all healthcare professionals, whether or not they are currently involved in
research studies, remain aware of regulatory policies and updates such as the Federal Policy for
the Protection of Human Subjects, or Common Rule, that will take effect January 2019
Instructions: This week, reflect on what you learned from the NIH materials about protecting the
rights of human research participants.
Discuss at least three of the following in your paper:
Describe the circumstances that influenced the need for a policy to protect human research
subjects. Give examples of specific ways human research subjects can be harmed by researchers.
Identify three vulnerable populations and the special restrictions associated with human research
among these groups. Evaluate the requirements and restrictions. Do you think they are adequate?
Why or why not?
The Belmont Report summarizes the ethical principles and guidelines for research involving
human subjects. Three core principles are identified: respect for persons, beneficence, and
justice. Even though these principles are considered equal, prioritize them in order of importance
to you. Explain your decisions.