Ethical issues in social research

Complement Ther Med. 2006 Jun;14(2):151-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2005.11.002. Epub 2006 Feb 20.


There are numerous ethical issues that one must consider when developing a research project; however, much discussion about ethics in health research has focused on experimental studies such as clinical trials. As a result, there remains some ambiguity as to the ethical issues that need to be considered in health-related social research. This paper outlines a number of important ethical issues that CAM researchers should be aware of when developing, running and writing up social research. Maintaining high ethical standards is extremely important in social research as it protects participants and researchers, improves the quality of the data retrieved and ensures that future researchers will have access to participants within the community.

MeSH terms

  • Complementary Therapies*
  • Data Collection / ethics
  • Data Collection / methods
  • Ethics, Research*
  • Humans
  • Research Design
  • Social Sciences*