Ethics and human subject protection have been critical components of clinical research for decades. Responding to the recent emergence of research ethics consultations services (RECS) as a way to address the complex ethical issues that arise from biomedical research, a team of medical ethicists, which includes Mr. Jason F. Arnold, director of special projects at New York University College of Global Public Health, explore various ways how institutions can best provide ethics training to professionals involved in biomedical research. Their article, which is titled “Clinical and Translational Research Ethics: Training Consultants and Biomedical Research Personnel” appears in the current edition of the American Journal of Bioethics.
[Photo: Mr. Jason F. Arnold]
To begin, the authors discuss the need for education and training programs to address competency in research ethics. In doing so, the authors present core competencies in clinical research ethics that all researchers should possess such as:
According to the researchers, there are several ethics resources are currently available to assist health care professionals and research personnel. For example, the Clinical Research Ethics Collaborative is a nationwide group of research ethics consultants who share practices and experiences related to clinical research ethics consultation.
The authors also discuss online education and training programs in clinical and translational research that are currently available to assist health care professionals expand their knowledge in ethical issues related to human subject research. As the article notes, “such training programs provide current and future health care professionals and researchers with the knowledge, skill, and research methods necessary to conduct efficient and ethical research and to serve as competent research ethics consultants.”
Because the number of institutions offering RECS is likely to increase, the authors argue for additional research on the training and selection of individuals who serve on such committees and call for a formal process for evaluating the quality of these consultation services.
Here is a link to the article: http://bit.ly/2AIQpUL