The Belmont Report is one of the leading works concerning ethics and health care research. Its primary purpose is to protect subjects and participants in clinical trials or research studies. This report consists of 3 principles: beneficence, justice, and respect for persons. This article reviews the Belmont Report and these 3 principles as well as its importance to nurse researchers.
The Belmont Report centers on 3 principles used to protect human subjects in clinical research: beneficence, justice, and respect for persons. This article briefly describes each principle.
Jennifer M. Sims, MSN, RN, ARNP, CCRN, has worked in critical care as a staff nurse, educator, nurse practitioner, and researcher. She has conducted several research studies and has numerous publications. She also serves on the editorial board of Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing.
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