“EthicalDimensions of Research Studies”
Healthof individuals has always been jeopardized to meet the objectives ofa research study. These ranges from The McGill University Study inwhich brainwashing drug, psychedelic, was administered to patients tosatisfy the aims of the CIA. The survivors of the experiment weretreated 11years later. The Tuskegee Study of the effects of Syphiliswhere the subjects were not subjected to any treatment even thoughthe curative drug had been discovered. Several measures have emergedto counter such loopholes in which the human lives were subjected toextreme sufferings in the name of the research study. The NurembergCode and the Helsinki Declaration were among the measures to put inplace.
However,the ethical issues in research are not subjects of the past. Focusingon the case of Patient Privacy and Mental Health Care in the ruralsetting, Mary, 42, had gone for medical assistance from Dr. Wilson.Mary explained her condition which was clearly a case of depression.She had lost the father recently and was under serious stress anddepression. Being that she is well known in the rural locality andthat she plays the organ for the church service and works at anelementary school, she didn’t want her case of depression known.
However,Dr. Wilson in his intervention decided to refer Mary to hiscounterpart whom he perceived as professional in the field and couldoffer the best counseling services that would help Mary. Marydeclined the suggestion citing the consequences that would followwith parents withdrawing their children from the elementary schoolshe had been teaching in beside the fear of being seen by heracquaintances. She, therefore, needed privacy as she struggled toovercome her situation.
Dyerand Roberts realized concerns that several patients face within theirlocalities owing to the overlapping relationship the nurses and thepatients share. It, therefore, brings about the confidentialityconcerns and cultural provisions as well as ethical resources. It isclearly evident as Dr. Wilson himself confirms the prior informationhe has about Mary, the patient. Dr. Wilson in his view he’d ratherhave a neutral person handle the situation, but in anotherperception, he could offer the best treatment to Mary.
Dr.Wilson had the ability to deliver adequate health care because of theexperience he has in the community with its cultural dimensions andthe health system collectively. He could as well pursue other pathsto avoid causality of stigma to the already depressed patient and byinitiating other measures to help the community as a whole throughcampaigns to counter any elements of depressions and stigma.
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