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Protection of Human Subjects - Digitized Videos

The Office for Protection from Research Risks produced a videotape series consisting of three instructional videos as follows:

  • "EVOLVING CONCERN: Protection for Human Subjects" traces the development of today's comprehensive program to protect human subjects of research out of earlier ethical codes and societal concerns. This film selected historic events in behavioral and biomedical research to show why protection is needed and how it came about. 22 minutes
  • "BALANCING SOCIETY'S MANDATES: Criteria for Protocol Review" depicts an Institutional Review Board (IRB) in action. Dr. Edmund Pellegrino, Director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, explains the basis for the criteria that an IRB follows in reviewing research. In commenting on IRB deliberations he points out why the IRB seeks clarification and information from the researcher. 28 minutes
  • "THE BELMONT REPORT: Basic Ethical Principles and Their Application" describes the basic ethical principles that underlie research involving human subjects; respect for persons, beneficence, and justice. This film illustrates their application in case studies of biomedical and behavioral research and shows the principles at work in the resolution of ethical conflicts. 36 minutes

Suggested Audiences: Researchers, institutional officials, reviewers, students, investigators, IRB members, and staff may find the material useful.

A digitized version of this videotape series is available free of charge on line at at the U.S. Health and Human Services HRSA Web site. You must have the Real® Media player installed on your computer to view the training modules. It can be downloaded from the HRSA website listed above.

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