The Belmont Report: Ethical Principles

When it comes to the basic ethical principles that are integral to the behavioral and biomedical conduct centered around human subjects, these are outlined by the Belmont Report that was published in 1979. According to the report, there are three such principles: respect for persons, beneficence, and justice (U.S Department of Health and Human Services, 2018). I believe that respect for persons is the foundation for a specialist’s successful work performance when interacting with people in any area, and especially in the area of nursing practice. In terms of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, a professional nurse has to be aware of the extremely vulnerable position they are in and often their subsequent inability to be self-determined. Therefore, one has to do their best to protect such people as they fall under the category of those with diminished authority. That means, for instance, making it impossible for patients to practice things that can harm them or other people.


U.S Department of Health and Human Services. (2018). The Belmont Report: Ethical principles and guidelines for the protection of human subjects of research