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Research Ethics and Integrity

"Honesty and integrity must govern all types and stages of research, from the laboratory to randomized clinical trials, and from the initial design and grant application to publication of results and translation into practice... Investigators and their institutions, authors, and editors are individually and jointly responsible for ensuring that the obligations of honesty and integrity are met.” Ethics Manual, Sixth Edition

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Project

Under a grant from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Research Integrity (ORI), ACP Ethics and Professionalism staff implemented a member education and support program on the responsible conduct of office-based research.

Research in the Physician's Office: Navigating the Ethical Minefield, an article published in The Hastings Center Report, illustrates how to evaluate the appropriateness of participation in clinical trials for the physician in private practice.

A workshop, entitled Doing Research in the Office: Professionalism and Pitfalls was presented at ACP's annual meeting as well as at several ACP chapter meetings.

A patient education brochure, Volunteering for a Research Study?, provides information and guidance to patients who are considering volunteering for a research study. The brochures are designed to facilitate conversations between doctors and their patients. They are intended for distribution in doctors’ offices and come in packages of 50. Access the brochure order form.

Research Ethics Policy and Educational Materials

Online RCR Training Resources

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