Protection of Human Subjects in Health Care Research

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Assignment 2: Protection of Human Subjects in Health Care Research

Protecting human subjects is of primary importance in the world of research and especially in the area of healthcare. Understanding some of the historical situations that have led to this protection in the current day will help illustrate this importance.


What is the importance of protecting human subjects during data collection? Provide a real-world example of how nurses can protect subjects.

In a 3- to 4-page essay, post your response to the following:

  • Explain the Nuremberg Code and the Declaration of Helsinki, both of which set the foundation for the protection of human subjects.
  • Describe how these two historical events led to the development of other agencies that regulate the protection of human subjects in health care.
  • Discuss how current nursing practices are designed to protect human subjects.

Submission Details:

  • By the due date assigned, post your responses to the Submissions Area. Support your findings with examples and scholarly references. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M4_A2.doc.


Assignment 2 Grading Criteria Maximum Points
Explained historical developments leading to protection of human subjects.


Discussed current nursing practices designed to protect human subjects.


Described how nurses may intervene to protect human subjects.


Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in appropriate and accurate representation and attribution of sources (i.e., APA); and displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Use of scholarly sources aligns with specified assignment requirements.




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School: UT Austin


Student’s Name
Professor’s Name
Protection of Human Subjects in Health Care Research
Nuremberg Code and the Declaration of Helsinki
The Nuremberg Code is a group of research ethics values for human testing set as an
outcome of the successive Nuremberg judgments at the end of the World War 2 (United States
Holocaust Memorial Museum). The source of the Nuremberg Code started in the pre-World War
II German politics, specifically on the 1930s and the year 1940s (United States Holocaust
Memorial Museum). The pre-war German Medical group was regarded to be a reformist yet
democratic group having large concerns for the public health, one instance being legislation of
obligatory health cover for German workforces.
Although, beginning in the mid-1920s, the German medical specialists, normally
proponents of the racial hygiene were accused by the public and the medical community of the
unethical medical activities (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum). The application of
racial hygiene was backed by the Germany administration in order to form an Aryan "master
race," and to exterminate the ones who failed to fit into their criteria. Racial hygiene rebels
merged with the National Socialism to enhance the application of biology to achieve their

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