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Executive Summary: Ethical Considerations for Research Involving Prisoners

Committee on Ethical Considerations , for Revisions to DHHS Regulations for Protection of Prisoners Involved in Research (2006) Executive Summary: Ethical Considerations for Research Involving Prisoners. In: UNSPECIFIED National Academies Press, Washington, D.C., pp. 1-43.

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    ABSTRACT: In the past 30 years, the population of prisoners in the United States has expanded more than 4.5-fold, correctional facilities are increasingly overcrowded, and more of the country's disadvantaged populations-racial minorities, women, people with mental illness, and people with communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C,and tuberculosis-are under correctional supervision. Because prisoners face restrictions on liberty and autonomy, limited privacy, and often inadequate health care, they require specific protections when involved in research, particularly in today's correctional settings. Given these issues,the Department of Health and Human Services" Office for Human Research Protections commissioned the Institute of Medicine to review the ethical considerations regarding research involving prisoners. The resulting analysis emphasizes five broad actions to provide prisoners involved in research with critically important protections: (1) expand the definition of “prisoner;”(2)ensure universally and consistently applied standards of protection;(3)shift from a category-based to a risk-benefit approach to research review;(4)update the ethical framework to include collaborative responsibility; and(5)enhance systematic oversight of research involving prisoners.


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    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This free executive summary is provided by the National Academies as part of their mission to educate the world on issues of science, engineering,and health.
    Uncontrolled Keywords: research, prisoners, correctional facilities, protections, ethical, National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavior Resarch, Committee on Ethical Considerations for Revisions to DHHS Regulations for Protection of Prisoners Involved in Research, DHHS Regulations, Executive Summary
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      Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2011
      Last Modified: 25 May 2011 12:26
      Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/563

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