Integrity in Behavioral Research
By: 
Benjamin L. Harris, CPA, CGMA

Integrity in Behavioral ResearchWhen conducting research with human subjects, there are several considerations to take into account. First and foremost, we need to ensure that study participants’ rights and welfare are protected. Great advances in science have come from the studies on humans, but after widely publicized cases in the 1970s of the past abuse of human subjects, it was clear that ethical protections were necessary. The Belmont Report identified basic ethical principles that should underlie the conduct of biomedical and behavioral human subject research and proposed guidelines to ensure that such research would be conducted in accordance with those principles.

A number of BLH Technologies’ team members have expertise in social and behavioral research, and they support clients in exploring a variety of public health issues nationally and internationally. They strive to ensure that all protocols are carefully planned to maximize the protection of study participants and to minimize any risks that they may experience from participating in those studies while ensuring that their data are secure and accounting for and disclosing any psychological risks.

Through our research team and strategic partnerships, BLH has gained expertise in human behavioral research over the last 13 years and is committed to ensuring that all human subjects are protected. We obtained a Federalwide Assurance (FWA) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to further demonstrate our commitment to upholding and complying with the requirements in the HHS Protection of Human Subjects regulations specified in 45 CFR part 46.

With our research arm expanding, we look forward to continuing to contribute to the body of social and behavioral research and to ensuring the welfare of study participants.