Week 9 - risk management and ethical concepts in. What is the purpose of research? review or synthesise existing knowledge investigate existing situations or problems provide solutions to problems explore and analyse general issues construct or create new procedures or systems explain new phenomena generate new knowledge. When conducting research we must abide by the highest standards of ethical code of conduct when planning and carrying out research. We must take regardless for the interests, privacy and safety and well being of the people who can be directly or indirectly a ected by our study or research. Breach of duty of care this is when negligence has arrised e. g patient has been harmed and the doctor has failed to attempt preventing or failed to react to this. Courts objectively determine standard of care by analysing published standards of practice scope of practice code of practices ethical code of conduct.