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 maintaining these seven principles in order to create the best experience possible for patients and practitioners.

  1. Social Value
    1. The purpose of the study is to assist researchers to determine how to improve people’s health or well-being
  2. Scientific Validity
    1. Research should produce useful results and increase knowledge regarding the subject matter.  The project should be carefully planned to answer a larger question.
  3. Fair Subject Selection
    1. A wide range of people should have the opportunity to participate in a study and enjoy its potential benefits.
  4. Favorable Risk-Benefit Ratio
    1. All risks must be balanced by benefits to the participant and/or new knowledge for society in order for the research to be considered ethical. Risks and burdens should be as low as possible
  5. Independent Review
    1. To avoid bias, researchers must have an independent review of the research performed by a group of people NOT connected to the project. This is the role of the Institutional Review Board (IRB).
  6. Informed Consent
    1. Subjects in a study must be given full details of the study.  The Four Components of Informed Consent are:
      1. The subject must have the capacity or ability to make the decision
      2. The medical provider must provide information on the treatment, test or procedures in question, including any benefits and risks, including the likelihood that they will occur
      3. The subjects must understand the research information provided to them
      4. The subjects must voluntarily give consent to participate, without coercion or duress
  7. Respect for Enrolled Subject
    1. Continually check the well-being of each subject as the study proceeds
    2. Keep subject information confidential
    3. Allow subjects to quit at any time if they want to do so
    4. Inform subjects of any new information they may need to know
    5. Share results of the study with subjects

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