Thursday, 16 January 2014

The Ethics of clinical Research

Clinical research is conducted with the aim to collect information and knowledge of human biology which can aid in improving human health. It is a very broad field and there are thousands of health issues which are being considered in the research. DM Clinical research has conducted several researches on various diseases including chronic constipation, ulcerative colitis, chest pains, heart complications etc. People willingly participate in this research to gain the knowledge related to their disease, drugs usage safety and effectiveness of the drugs. Clinical research is never done to risk people lives for the good of others, but there are several ethical guidelines to follow which DM clinical research follows strictly as a result of which our clients return back safely and satisfied. Its utmost aim is to protect patient volunteers and to respect the scientific guidelines.

Clinical research is a big challenge, and brings several questions with it like will it be effective, what will be the harms, can it save lives which at present are lost,........Clinical research is mainly conducted for the future patients, but there are many ethical concerns which have to be raised during the process. Mainly at the initial steps animals are used as a subject to test for the drugs then after having success human subject is used which may or may not respond in the manner expected. Before the clinical research the person being the volunteer has to be informed about all the potential risks and benefits which can happen during the research process and how it will go on. The most important question is, whether it is acceptable to expose few people to risks of harm for the potential benefits of others?

The people chosen for the research are the really sick ones who need treatment. Research is conducted to answer a specific question, and the people looking for an answer to that particular problem usually volunteer and undergo few associated risks. DM Clinical research has in the process contributed to scientific understanding of health and improved ways of preventing, treating, or caring for people with a given disease. Both the positive and the negative points have to be shared during the research process only then will the research process be justified. The study is formulated in the way that it gives proper results which are answerable. The methods should be practical, convincing and have a clear objective. The unethical research has no purpose and is a waste of resources and can result in risks and dangers.

The scientific goal of the study should be to enrol groups and individuals for the study with a specific purpose, not vulnerability, privilege or other such factors which are not related to the study. There should be minimum risks and more benefits of the research to the individual and the society and no one should be excluded from the research unless there is a specific scientific reason for it. There are many times when exact risks and benefits are not known before the actual research and there are many uncertainties, but then that is what research is. The risk is usually greater in the later stage; earlier phases are not much riskier. Different types of risks are associated with these research including physical, psychological, economical and social risks. But everything is done to minimize these risks and gain benefits from the research. DM clinical research also provides health services to its clients in the process if needed.

Along with this there is a huge list of ethical concerns which are considered during the research process, DM clinical research takes care of its volunteers and strictly follows ethical guidelines to safeguard the respect and honour of our patients and minimize risks.

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