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Week 8: Research issues, justice, and conflicts of interest


  1. Be familiar with the concept of informed consent as required for treatment and as required for research
  2. Be able to describe the differences between medical research and experimental treatment, as well as the ways in which the two can be hard to distinguish
  3. Be aware of arguments for, and against, including racial and other differences in research design
  4. Understand the historical legacy which can make Blacks and other minorities suspicious of the medical establishment
  5. Be able to discuss issues of international justice and the concept of exploitation in relation to the conduct of research in developing countries
  6. Explain how research ethics falls under the general heading of conflicts of interest facing physicians, and give examples of other conflicts of interest that pose ethical challenges