Adele, age 24, was recently diagnosed with cancer. This form of cancer is treatable, requiring several months’ worth of hospital treatments. She feels a great deal of stress from
being diagnosed with a life-threatening disease and managing her treatments along with her duties at work. Coping strategies define how people deal with stress.
Based on your knowledge from this course, what potential ethical concerns should be discussed with Adele before she agrees to sign up for the clinical trial study? Which types of behaviors would be considered unethical in this scenario?
First, it would be necessary for Adele to provide informed consent. This would be vital for her to be aware of the details of the research and understand the specifics of the content. She should also provide voluntary consent by signing an informed consent form. It will be considered unethical if the research becomes harmful to her health. Adele must also resign at any given point in time during the research process otherwise it would be regarded as being unethical. Another consideration is that the research must be more beneficial to Adele and should be less risky for it to be seen as ethical. Additionally, the research must prove that it is of social value implying that it should assist the researchers to determine the various means of enhancing people's health; otherwise, the research will be considered as being unethical.