What Is Ethical Research?

What Is Ethical Research?

Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care is proud to support and promote the continued advancement of medical science through ethical research. Our clinical care operates at the cutting-edge of medical innovation, and we actively encourage an environment for on-going investigation and deeper understanding of medical practice to further inspire clinical excellence. Key to our ethical research is the cornerstone to our continued innovation.

Ethical research is research that:

  • Upholds the core ethical principles of respect for persons, beneficence and justice
  • Protects rights, safety and the well-being of human subjects
  • Is compliant with all applicable statutory regulations and guidelines

Criteria for approval of a given research study

In order to be approved for a clinical study at one of RSDHC’s exceptional research hospitals, the following criteria must be met in full:

  • Scientific design and method of the study – research is ethically acceptable only if it relies on valid scientific methods
  • Risks and potential benefits – risks are minimised, and are reasonable in relation to anticipated benefits
  • Appropriate selection of study population and recruitment of research participants
  • Inducements, financial benefits, and financial costs – the amount and method of payment to subjects is such as to assure they neither present problems of coercion or undue influence on the trial subjects
  • Protection of research participants’ privacy and confidentiality
  • Includes an informed consent process
  • Respects community considerations