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

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Mark A. Rothstein

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law; University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Date Written: December 1, 2000

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Rothstein, Mark A., Ethical Guidelines for Medical Research on Workers (December 1, 2000). Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 42, No. 12, pp. 1166-1171, 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1536019

Mark A. Rothstein (Contact Author)

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law ( email )

Louisville, KY 40202
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.louisville.edu/bioethics

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law ( email )

Wilson W. Wyatt Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
United States

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