Ethical Considerations for Revisions to the DHHS Regulations for Protection of Prisoners Involved in Research

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Biomedical and Health Research, Public Health, Select Populations and Health Equity
Board: Board on Health Sciences Policy

Activity Description

The Committee on Ethical Considerations for Revisions to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Regulations for Protection of Prisoners Involved in Research examined whether the conclusions reached by the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research in 1976 remain appropriate today.

This examination considered the impact of developments since that time in correctional systems and the societal perceptions of the balance between research burdens and potential benefits of research. More specifically, the committee

  1. considered whether the ethical bases for research with prisoners differ from those for research with non-prisoners,
  2. developed an ethical framework for the conduct of research with prisoners,
  3. based on the ethical framework developed, identified considerations or safeguards necessary to ensure that research with prisoners is conducted ethically, and
  4. identified issues and needs for future consideration and study.

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