Perspective Regarding Biomedical Research

Make a follow-up of a student’s weekly discussion and respond with your opinion regarding to her post                                                                                 

——You don’t have to post this in APA format necessarily, it’s just giving feedback to the student .

Emily Bahnick

Good Evening Dr. M and Class,


How has learning about the history of research ethics impacted your view of biomedical research? 

Studying the history of research ethics has influenced my perspective on biomedical research by emphasizing the importance of respecting patients’ rights and ensuring their safety during research studies. It has also highlighted the need to carefully assess and evaluate the evidence from research studies to prevent harm and unethical treatment. This is crucial because unreliable or invalid findings could lead to poor outcomes for the group or population being studied.

In looking at the studies you reviewed for your PICOT question, do you feel that today’s researchers adequately protect the rights of human subjects? If not, what additional measures do you recommend? 

I believe that most researchers today prioritize protecting the rights of human subjects. However, in the realm of big data research, there is a risk of lower moral standards or principles, with some researchers prioritizing their own goals over supporting positive changes in healthcare for patients. Biomedical research is increasingly leveraging the opportunities presented by big data. This type of research relies on large-scale databases, multiple data sources, advanced storage capacity, and novel computational tools, enabling high-velocity data analytics (Ferretti et al., 2020). Given the current technologies, analytic methods, and regulations, Institutional Review Boards IRBs cannot rely solely on their traditional review frameworks (Ferretti et al., 2020). To tackle this issue, I propose that the oversight of big data research be taken up by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This would help in identifying and preventing any potential harm or unethical practices that could impact participants.

Ferretti, A., Ienca, M., Hurst, S., & Vayena, E. (2020). Big data, biomedical research, and ethics review: new challenges for IRBs. Ethics & human research, 42(5), 17-28.

perspective regarding biomedical research

Dear Emily,

Thank you for your thoughtful reflections on the impact of learning about the history of research ethics on your perspective regarding biomedical research. It’s evident from your post that you recognize the paramount importance of upholding patients’ rights and ensuring their safety throughout the research process. Your emphasis on the need to critically evaluate research findings to prevent harm and unethical treatment is commendable.

Your insights regarding the potential ethical challenges posed by big data research are astute. Indeed, as biomedical research increasingly relies on large-scale data analysis, it’s essential to adapt our ethical frameworks to effectively address these new challenges. Your suggestion to involve the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in overseeing big data research to enhance participant protection is intriguing and merits further consideration.

Ferretti et al.’s (2020) exploration of the ethical implications of big data research provides valuable insights into the evolving landscape of biomedical research ethics. By acknowledging the need for updated regulations and oversight mechanisms, we can strive to ensure that ethical principles remain central to all research endeavors, particularly those leveraging novel technologies and methodologies.

Thank you for sharing your perspective and contributing to our ongoing discussion on research ethics and participant protection.

Best regards, [Your Name]

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