Ethical Guidelines for Medical Research on Workers
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 42, No. 12, pp. 1166-1171, 2000
6 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2010 Last revised: 20 Sep 2014
Date Written: December 1, 2000
Federal regulations protecting research subjects make special provisions for individuals who are subject to coercion or undue influence. Because they are subject to coercion and undue influence, workers should be considered vulnerable subjects of research. A series of ethical guidelines are proposed for medical research on workers that seek to safeguard the rights of workers and maintain the scientific integrity of research. In general, the guidelines emphasize that participation must be voluntary and knowing, that the confidentiality of medical information must be protected, and that the benefits of the research to the participants must be maximized while the risks are minimized.
Keywords: Pharmacogenomics, research, research ethics, clinical trials, discrimination, drugs, pharmaceuticals
JEL Classification: K31, K32
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