Case 3 The atrocities committed by Nazi physicians on Jewish prisoners during World War II prompted an international tribunal, convened in the city of Nuremberg, Germany betweento elaborate 10 principles, called the Nuremberg Code, by which research involving human subjects should be governed. Publication of the Nuremburg Code in ushered in the modern era of research ethics, which mandated balancing the advancement of science with the rights and welfare of humans who serve as research subjects.
References Abstract As social and behavioral research expands to involve diverse populations, contexts, and sensitive topics, it raises many complex issues of privacy and confidentiality. These issues go beyond what is contained in textbooks or known to most researchers and Institutional Review Board IRB members.
The literature on these issues is found in a variety of applied research publications in applied statistics, program evaluation, criminology, education, economics, and demography, but not in the mainstream social science literature. Understanding and solving some of these problems requires knowledge and resources that can be found via major research libraries, but only if one knows what to look for.
IRBs cannot be expected to generate and disseminate the needed resources and body of knowledge on their own, though many have made a remarkable start in this direction. The key recommendations of this report are that more useful definitions of privacy and confidentiality be given in the Common Rule and that two educational web sites be developed structured similarly to the Help menu of Microsoft Word.
The small web site would guide IRBs in locating and structuring helpful materials and resources tailored to their specific location. The major web site would provide education and information needed by IRBs, researchers, and students, as well as teachers of research methodology who wish to use these materials for instructional purposes.
Only minor modifications of the Common Rule are needed, under definitions and informed consent requirements. No additional regulations or surveillance are needed except that IRBs would be required to take the steps specified in the small IRB web site to tailor the larger general web site to their specific setting.
Enforcement of intelligent use of the web sites by researchers would be the role of IRBs when dealing with protocols, just as IRBs seek to foster intelligent ethical problem solving now. The problem that needs to be solved is not lack of rules or lack of ethical concern on the part of researchers.
The problem is lack of education - that is, lack of knowledge, problem solving skills, and resources to interpret the existing rules.
Additional rules or greater specificity of rules would raise three serious problems Evers, Acceptance of many more detailed or specific rules across 17 agencies and diverse research contexts would be limited.
Opportunities for intelligent interpretation, and deciding between principles or values in conflict would be diminished. Efforts required to follow a given rule may be disproportionally great relative to the expected gain or results. An intelligently developed and managed user-friendly web site in the hands of a capable scientific workforce and its managers creates a culture in which ignorance is no excuse and learning is easy.
Even the occasional desperate individual, eager for a quick publication, would find it more difficult to skirt the rules.
Three basic recommendations are proposed to the Commission: Change the definitions of privacy and confidentiality contained in the Common Rule so that they are more generic and relate to a broader understanding of these two concepts, as opposed to the current definitions which seem to relate to biomedical research and medical records.
Commission the development of educational information for the two web sites. Establish a small oversight committee that would edit the educational material, oversee the work of a web manager, and consider new ideas, submissions, or criticisms from users of the web site.
Above all, this material and the roles connected with its development and management should be treated as educational and not as a regulatory requirement.
Refer all readers of the Common Rule to the major web site for assistance with solving problems of privacy and confidentiality. Refer IRBs to the small web site for guidance in tailoring educational material to their context and location. Many specific recommendations are offered concerning the content of the two web sites.
Most of these web-content recommendations concern concepts of privacy and confidentiality, relevant laws and regulations, approaches to learning what is private to individuals, and approaches to assuring privacy and confidentiality. Back to Top Introduction The National Bioethics Advisory Commission NBAC has requested analysis and recommendations concerning issues of privacy and confidentiality that arise in social and behavioral research.
This introductory section provides an overview of the problem that is addressed and the general direction that is taken throughout this paper. The Common Rule governing human research discusses privacy and confidentiality in ways more suited to biomedical research than to social and behavioral research hereinafter referred to as social research.
More useful definitions of privacy and confidentiality are offered herein. Even with more useful definitions, however, the interpretation of these ideas into an effective protocol sometimes requires kinds of knowledge, experience, and problem-solving skills that are absent from the training of most scientists, students, and IRB members.
Hence, it is primarily education and easily accessed information, and not more rules or enforcement, that are needed by IRBs and their clientele. The meaning of privacy and confidentiality in social research inheres in the culture and particular circumstances of the individual subject, 1 the nature and context of the research, and the particular social and political environment in which the research and use of the data occur.
Consequently, their definition, as well as the interpretation of requirements to respect privacy and assure confidentiality, is not a trivial or simple matter.
Informed consent is the mechanism through which subjects decide whether or not to allow access to themselves, and through which agreements are made concerning the handling of identifiable data.
However, the regulations of human research, as currently written, give little hint of how finely the protocol and informed consent relationship must be crafted in response to the manifold aspects of privacy and confidentiality in social research.
Worse, they do not allude to the background of concepts and plans that would underlie such an effective protocol and relationship. Remarkably, some IRBs function quite effectively despite these ambiguities, through wise interpretation by IRB members who are well schooled in ethical problem solving and whose scientific training has provided relevant research competencies.
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Data & Technology» Statistics & Research. When a proposed research study involves children and is supported or conducted by HHS, the research institution's Institutional Review Board (IRB) must take into consideration the special regulatory requirements that provide additional protection for the children who would be involved in the research.