IRB: Ethics & Human Research

A Guidebook to a Complex Land

Those involved in research with humans confront a host of ethical issues and a maze of regulations. James M. DuBois’s Ethics in Mental Health Research: Principles, Guidance, and Cases is here to help. The book covers a broad range of issues in research ethics, including informed consent, risks and benefits, privacy and confidentiality, and conflicts of interest. Thus, while the title focuses on mental health research, the book should also be of interest to individuals involved in other types of research with humans.

Key words/concepts: human subjects research, mental health research, research ethics, informed consent, vulnerable populations; risks and benefits to research participants, institutional review board (IRB).

David Wendler, “A Guidebook to a Complex Land,” IRB: Ethics & Human Research 32, no. 2 (2010): 19.