Dr Tom Kerns
North Seattle Community College
Discussion Questions for
The Belmont Report
- Part A distinguishes (in the first line of Part A) between
biomedical and behavioral research. Belmont doesn't explain the distinction, but what do you understand this distinction
- Part A also distinguishes
between “practice” and “research.” What
do you understand The Belmont Report to be saying (in Part A)
between practice and research?
- Of the three basic ethical principles
outlined in Part B, which principle do you see as particularly important.
In other words, understanding
that all three principles are very important, if you had to pick one
important, which would you pick? Why?
- In the Informed Consent
section of Part C (i.e., section 1.) the two key elements are Information
(“Information” and “Comprehension”)
and Free Consent (“Voluntariness”). Which of those areas
do you see as likely to be the most problematic for researchers?
- In the “Risks and
Benefits” and “Selection
of Subjects” sections
of The Belmont Report, do you see any elements that you think we
should be particularly aware of?
- Are there any parts of this document that you consider redundant,
unnecessary, or ill-advised? I.e., are there any parts that you think
could just as
well have been left out?
- If you had to pick one element, or part,
or aspect of this document as being the most important, what would
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