The Military Biomedical Complex: Are Service Members a Vulnerable Population?

50 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2019 Last revised: 19 Nov 2019

See all articles by Efthimios Parasidis

Efthimios Parasidis

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Date Written: 2019

Abstract

In the realm of research with human subjects, vulnerability is an elusive concept. Its essence lies in an asymmetry — of information, access, status, power, or control. Yet vulnerability is also context-dependent, meaning a person becomes vulnerable to something when placed in a certain situation. While there is widespread agreement that research guidelines should provide protections for those who are vulnerable, there is less consensus on who is encompassed by the term and what protections are appropriate. In the United States, regulatory guidelines take a categorical approach to defining vulnerability — federal protections identify prisoners, children, neonates, human fetuses, and pregnant women as vulnerable populations, and specify additional protections for research that includes participants from these groups. This Article examines the notion of vulnerability in human subjects research as it applies to members of the armed forces.

Keywords: Research ethics, military medicine, Common Rule

JEL Classification: I18, K32

Suggested Citation

Parasidis, Efthimios, The Military Biomedical Complex: Are Service Members a Vulnerable Population? (2019). Houston Journal of Health Law and Policy, Vol. 16, 2016; Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 514. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3467779

Efthimios Parasidis (Contact Author)

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law ( email )

55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Downloads
11
Abstract Views
86
PlumX Metrics