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(The author / research investigator adapted the following from the Clinical Social Work Federation statement on professional and research ethics.)
Principle VII. RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES
In planning, conducting, and reporting a study, the investigator has the responsibility to make a careful evaluation of its ethical acceptability, taking into account the following additional principles for studies with human subjects. To the extent that this appraisal, weighing scientific and humane values, suggests a compromise of any principle, the investigator incurs an increasingly serious obligation to observe stringent safeguards to protect the well-being and rights of study participants.
a) In conducting research in institutions or organizations, clinical social workers obtain appropriate authority to carry out their work. Host organizations are given proper credit for their contributions to the project.
b) Ethically acceptable studies begin with the establishment of a clear and fair agreement between the investigator and the participant that clarifies the responsibilities of each. The investigator has the obligation to honor all commitments included in that agreement.
c) Responsibility for the establishment and maintenance of acceptable ethical practice in research remains with the investigator. The investigator is also responsible for the ethical treatment of participants by collaborators, assistants, students, and employees, all of whom incur parallel obligations.
d) Ethical practice requires the investigator to inform the participant of all features of the investigation that might reasonably be expected to influence willingness to participate, and to explain all other aspects of the research about which the participant inquires. After the data is collected and requested, the investigator provides the participant with information about the nature of the study in order to remove any misconceptions that may have arisen.
e) The ethical investigator protects participants from physical and mental discomfort, harm, and danger. If a risk of such consequences exists, the investigator is required to inform the participant of that fact, secure consent before proceeding and take all possible measures to minimize distress. A procedure will not be used if it is likely to cause serious or lasting harm to a participant.
f) The methodological requirements (design) of the study may necessitate concealment, deception or minimal risk to participants. In such cases, the investigator will be able to justify the use of these techniques and to ensure, as soon as possible, the participant’s understanding of the reasons and sufficient justification for the procedure in question.
g) Ethical practice requires the investigator to respect the individual’s freedom to decline to participate in, or withdraw from, an investigation and to so inform prospective participants. The obligation to protect this freedom requires special vigilance when the investigator is, in any manner, in a position of authority over the participant. It is unethical to penalize a participant for withdrawing from or refusing to participate in a research project.
h) Information obtained about the individual participants during the course of an investigation is confidential unless otherwise agreed to in advance.
i) Investigation of human subjects in studies which use medications or drugs are conducted only in conjunction with licensed physicians.
j) Clinical social workers take credit only for work actually done in scholarly and research projects and give appropriate credit to the contributions of others in a manner which is proportional to the degree to which those contributions are represented in the final product.
k) Findings or results will be presented accurately and completely, with full discussion of both their usefulness and their limitations. Clinical social workers are responsible for attempting to prevent any distortion or misuse of their findings.
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