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In addition to the social work profession’s own Code of Ethics, federal regulations (45 CFR part 46) set standards to protect people involved in research studies, with requirements for the research sponsoring institution’s oversight through its Institutional Review Board (IRB). Attending to ethical research practices is especially important when research participants are engaged in interventions that affect them. In order to conduct federally funded research, the Principal Investigator must first take a course in ethics, and adhere to the federal code oversight of human research participants (formerly known as subjects). This language shift from subjects to participants is in itself indication of increasing expectation for the relationship of researcher–participant to be a partnership in knowledge development. The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP) is responsible for assuring adherence to the Federal Regulatory Code (FR 46). Additional information is available at these Web sites:

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Social workers’ participation in the resolution of ethical dilemmas in hospice care.
AU: Csikai-E
SO: Health-and-Social-Work. 29(1): 67-76, Feb. 2004.
Ethical dilemmas are inherent in every health care setting. A sample of hospice social workers with no direct access to a hospice ethics committee (N = 110) was surveyed regarding ethical issues in hospice care, how the issues were managed, and the extent to which social workers participated in resolution of ethical dilemmas. Common issues discussed were the patients’ medical condition, involvement of family, and family denial of terminal illness. Difficult cases were discussed most often in interdisciplinary team meetings. Social workers were most involved in traditional social work activities, such as providing knowledge of community resources and patients’ psychosocial histories and promoting self-determination in policies. (This is one of seven articles in this special issue on end-of-life care.) (Journal abstract.)

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Confidentiality intervention: Effects on provider-consumer-family collaboration.
AU: Marshall-T; Solomon-P
SO: Research-on-Social-Work-Practice. 14(1): 3-13, Jan. 2004.
A study was conducted to investigate the efficacy of a model intervention clarifying confidentiality policies regarding releasing information to families or significant others in improving provider-consumer-family collaboration. Findings revealed that the model intervention may enhance collaboration between providers, consumers, and families. (Journal Abstract.)

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Dual relationships in social work education: Report on a national survey.
AU: Congress-E
SO: Journal-of-Social-Work-Education. 37(2): 255-266, Spring/Summer 2001.
Dual relationships between social work educators and their current or former students are largely unstudied. This article reports on a survey of deans and senior social work educators’ ethical beliefs on dual relationships. Educators were asked how they regarded different types of dual relationships and differences between dual relationships with current and former students. They were also asked about ethics education in their schools. Beliefs about dual relationships varied, especially regarding current students and former ones. While ethics education in schools of social work is extensive, policies on dual relationships are scarce. Further research is needed on the ethics of dual relationships in social work education. (Journal abstract.)

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Standing for values and ethical action: Teaching social work ethics.
AU: Joseph-M-V
SO: Journal-of-Teaching-in-Social-Work. 5(2): 95-109, 1991.
This article is focused on the role of ethics in the professional socialization of the student and the place of ethics in the social work curriculum. The content and structure of the ethics component and related issues are considered and an educational model, a teaching-learning approach, with its underlying learning theory and philosophical orientation, is presented and instructional technology discussed. The material presented in this article is based on experience in teaching required courses in ethics at both the master’s and the doctoral levels of social work education, workshops and institutes, and in research on ethical issues in practice in a variety of settings. (Journal abstract, edited.)

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Reporting bad results: The ethical responsibility of presenting abused women’s parenting practices in a negative light.
AU: Buchbinder-E; Eisikovits-Z.
SO: Child-&-Family-Social-Work. 9(4): 359, Nov. 2004.
The purpose of this paper is to present and analyze the ethical dilemmas involved in presenting research findings that describe abused women’s parenting practices in a negative light. The study was based on data collected by in-depth interviews for the purpose of examining the turning point among 20 Israeli abused women who refused to live with violence and took active steps to stop it while staying with the perpetrator. Overall the analysis indicated successful survival stories but the women’s parenting practices became questionable. This raised dilemmas as to how to present such findings and what are the ethical implications related to interventions with abused women. (Journal abstract.]