Compensation in Moral Science: Protecting Participants in Human Subjects Research

Learning Objectives

Students should be able to:

1. Discuss the ethical principles that give rise to an obligation to provide treatment or compensation for research-related injuries.

2. Discuss the benefits and challenges associated with providing treatment or compensation for research-related injuries.

3. Describe international requirements and guidance concerning treatment or compensation for research-related injury.

4. Describe different models for compensating participants for research-related injuries and some of the strengths and weaknesses of each.

5. Describe the differences between compensation for research-related injury and reparations for past unethical research.


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Download the Background module on compensation here.


Listen to "Episode 7: Moral Science", an episode of Ethically Sounda podcast of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.


Ethically Sound Episodes

The Bioethics Commission has launched a new podcast series entitled Ethically Sound.  

Each podcast is playable direct online from the link(s) below or from SoundCloud, iTunes or the Ethically Sound Playlist on Youtube.  Follow the hashtag #EthicallySound for launch announcements.

Safeguarding Children

Ethics and Ebola

Anticipate and Communicate

Privacy & Progress

Gray Matters

New Directions

Moral Science

Ethically Impossible

Bioethics for Every Generation

Charting a Path Forward

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