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Research Involving Human Subjects

Learn about legal standards for research involving human subjects.


Research provides information that improves patient care in multiple ways. Sometimes, that research involves human subjects, which gives rise to a special set of laws and legal issues. 

I. International Model Policies for Human Research Subjects

Modern policies and laws protecting human research subjects originated after World War II. The Nuremberg Trials revealed that serious human-rights abuses had occurred during the war in the name of scientific research. In response, in 1947, the ...