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Ethical issues in research

  1. 1. Harish Kumar
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION:Defining way of ethics focuses on the disciplines thatstudy standards of conduct, such asphilosophy, theology, law, psychology, or sociology. Forexample, a "medical ethicist" who studies ethical standardsin medicine.One may also define ethics as a method, procedure, orperspective for analyzing complex problems and issues.For instance, in considering a complex issue like globalwarming, one may take aneconomic, ecological, political, or ethical perspective on theproblem
  3. 3. WHY IT IS IMPORTANT IN RESEARCH ?There are several reasons why it is important to adhere to ethical norms inresearch.• First, norms promote the aims of research, such asknowledge, truth, and avoidance of error. For example, prohibitionsagainst fabricating, falsifying, or misrepresenting research data promotethe truth and avoid error.•Second, since research often involves a great deal of cooperation andcoordination among many different people in different disciplines andinstitutions, ethical standards promote the values that are essential tocollaborative work, such as trust, accountability, mutual respect.
  4. 4. •Third norms ensure that researchers can be held accountable to the public.For instance, federal policies on research misconduct, conflicts of interest, thehuman subjects protections, and animal care and use are necessary in order tomake sure that researchers who are funded by public money can be heldaccountable to the public.•Fourth ethical norms in research also help to build public support forresearch. People more likely to fund research project if they can trust thequality and integrity of research.• Finally, many of the norms of research promote a variety of other importantmoral and social values, such as social responsibility, human rights, animalwelfare, compliance with the law, and health and safety.
  5. 5. •Research ethics in a medical context is dominated byprinciplism .Ethical Issues Regarding CopyrightYou need permission to use figures and tables from otherpublished sources.Quotes are okay if properly referenced.Usually it is no problem getting permission for educationalpurposes.Bottom line is that bad things may happen toyou if you are intentionally unethical.
  6. 6. Areas of scientific dishonesty1.Plagiarism: Using other peoples work withoutacknowledging their contribution.2. Fabrication and falsification:Fabrication is making up results and recording or reportingthem. This is sometimes referred to as "drylabbing".Falsification is manipulating research materials, equipment, orprocesses or changing or omitting data or results such that theresearch is not accurately represented in the research record.3. Nonpublication of dataData was supressed. It is not ethical to ignore exceptions andjust try to explain to oneself the reason for the exception.
  7. 7. 4. Faulty data-gathering :If machines are not calibrated correctly, if subjects do notfollow procedures correctly, if untrained research assistants areused (may give different instructions), if testing occurs atdifferent times of the day.5. Poor data storage and retention:Should be available for verification of others.6. Misleading authorshipPeople take credit who really make very little contribution tothe study. If fellow graduate students assist you they should notexpect to be named .The same is true with faculty advisorsunless they have made a significant contribution to the study(which often occurs!).
  8. 8. ETHICAL PRINCIPLES…honesty,objectivity, integrity, carefulness,openness,respect for intellectual property,confidentiality,responsible publication,
  9. 9. responsible mentoring,respects for colleagues,social responsibility,non discrimination,competence,legality,Stigmatization,animal care andhuman subject protection.
  10. 10. You have a right to information about:· Why the research study is being done?· What will happen during the research study?· Whether any study procedures, drugs, or devices are different from standard medical care?· The risks, side effects, and discomforts from taking part in the study.· The possible benefits from taking part in the study.· Other treatment choices and their risks and benefits.· Medical treatment in case of complications.You also have the right to:· Decide not to take part in the study, or decide to drop out, at any time.· Decide whether to take part without any pressure.· Ask questions at any time.· Receive a copy of the consent form.Rights in research
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