HLTH 4205 Walden University Ethics in Research Discussion

HLTH 4205 Walden University Ethics in Research Discussion

HLTH 4205 Walden University Ethics in Research Discussion

Discussion: Ethics in Research

The responsible conduct of research is essential to protecting both human and non-human animal subjects. Vulnerable populations have been exploited throughout the centuries, and even today, research subjects are at risk of injury or death. As a researcher, you must be able to identify potential areas of ethical concern. Sometimes these areas are obvious, whereas other times you must consider the far-reaching effects of the research on study participants.



In this Discussion, you will consider the possible ethical dilemmas that might occur while conducting your research.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review the textbook chapters in ethical issues in research
  • Review the textbook chapters on the ethical requirements for research
  • Consider the informed consent process needed for your research
  • Consider the potential populations participating in your search
  • Think about any conflict of interest for yourself or other members of the research team


Post a comprehensive response that addresses only the following:

  • Identify the population and setting of your research
  • What are two ethical issues that may affect your proposed research?
  • How can you avoid these issues?
  • Will your research require IRB or IACUC review? If so, what level of review? Why?

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.


Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:

  • Propose additional ethical issues that may be a concern for your colleagues
  • Offer additional strategies for avoiding ethical issues
  • If applicable, offer polite disagreement with your colleague’s analysis of whether a review is needed, and explain your response

Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of your colleagues’ comments. You are not required to post these final insights.

Learning Resources

Required Readings

Jacobsen, K.H. (2017). Introduction to health research methods. (2nd ed.). Burlington: Jones and Bartlett Learning.

  • Chapter 23, “Ethical Considerations,” pp. 181–194
  • Chapter 24, “Ethical Review and Approval,” pp. 195–204

American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. (n.d.). IACUC central. Retrieved January 5, 2019, from https://www.aalas.org/iacuc

Public Broadcast System. (2014). The Nuremburg trials: Defendant Gӧring. Retrieved from https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/arct14.s…

Resnik, D. (2015). What is ethics in research and why is it important? Retrieved from http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/resources/bioeth…

Walden University Center for Research Quality. (n.d.) Home. Retrieved January 16, 2019, from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/researchcenter

Walden University Center for Research Quality. (n.d.). Research ethics & compliance: Welcome from the IRB. Retrieved January 16, 2019, from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/researchcenter/…

Optional Resources

Nusbaum, L., Douglas, B., Damus, K., Paasche-Orlow, M., & Estrella-Luna, N. (2017). Communicating risks and benefits in informed consent for research: A qualitative study. Global Qualitative Nursing Research. doi: 10.1177/2333393617732017

  • Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2016). The Belmont report: Ethical principles and guidelines for the protection of human subjects of research. Retrieved from http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/humansubjects/guidance/bel…

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2018). Clinical trials and human subject protection. Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/ScienceResearch/SpecialTopics/R…