Seven Principles of Research

The Seven Principles of Research are the foundation upon which ethical studies are built.  The Office of Research is dedicated to providing and maintaining these seven philosophies in order to create the best experience possible for both patients and practitioners.

Social Value
The purpose of the study is to assist researchers to determine how to improve people’s health or well-being
 
Scientific Validity
The research should produce useful results and increase knowledge regarding the subject matter. Scientifically valid research does not waste resources.  The project should be carefully planned to answer a larger question.
 
Fair Subject Selection
A wide range of people should have the opportunity to participate in a study and enjoy its  potential benefits. Researchers should be fair in both recruiting and deciding who is valid for the study. Risks and burdens should be as low as possible.  
 
Favorable Risk-Benefit Ratio
Any risks must be balanced by benefits to the subjects and/or new knowledge for society in order for the research to be considered ethical. Risks and burdens should be as low as possible
 
Independent Review
To avoid bias, researchers must have a group of people NOT connected to the research give an independent review. This is the role of the Institutional Review Board(IRB).
 
Informed Consent
Subjects in a study must be given full details of the study
If they agree to participate, informed consent is given
Four Components of Informed Consent
  • Subject must be competent
  • Researcher must give full disclosure
  • Subjects must understand what the researcher tells them
    • Subjects in a study must be given full details of the study
    • If they agree to participate, informed consent is given and must be signed
Respect for Enrolled Subject
  • Continually check the well-being of each subject as the study proceeds
  • Keep subject information confidential
  • Allow subjects to quit at any time if they want to do so
  • Inform subjects of any new information they may need to know
  • Share results of the study with subjects

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