Privacy and Health Research. Human-subjects protections


Respect for privacy is incorporated in a variety of human-subjects protections, such as the mandatory informed consent, Institutional Review Board supervision, and other requirements discussed in Chapter 4, most of which are Federal rules.

Some researchers and research settings are not covered. For example, an independent physician working in his own clinic may test an experimental clinical treatment; and although of course he is subject to a variety of licensure and other legal controls, and on the advice of his attorney he almost certainly will seek patients' informed consent, he is not required by Federal law to have his research supervised by an Institutional Review Board.