Research on environmental health interventions: Ethical problems and solutions

David B. Resnik, Darryl C. Zeldin, Richard R. Sharp

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This article reviews a variety of ethical issues one must consider when conducting research on environmental health interventions on human subjects. The paper uses the Kennedy Krieger Institute lead abatement study as well as a hypothetical asthma study to discuss questions concerning benefits and risks, risk minimization, safety monitoring, the duty to warn, the duty to report, the use of control groups, informed consent, equitable subject selection, privacy, conflicts of interest, and community consultation. Research on environmental health interventions can make an important contribution to our understanding of human health and disease prevention, provided it is conducted in a manner that meets prevailing scientific, ethical, and legal standards for research on human subjects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-101
Number of pages33
JournalAccountability in Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences


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