The ethics of paying drug users who participate in research: a review and practical recommendations

Fry, C. L., Hall, W. D., Ritter, A. and Jenkinson, R. (2006) The ethics of paying drug users who participate in research: a review and practical recommendations. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 1 4: 21-35. doi:10.1525/jer.2006.1.4.21


Author Fry, C. L.
Hall, W. D.
Ritter, A.
Jenkinson, R.
Title The ethics of paying drug users who participate in research: a review and practical recommendations
Journal name Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1556-2646
1556-2654
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1525/jer.2006.1.4.21
Volume 1
Issue 4
Start page 21
End page 35
Total pages 16
Editor J. E. Sieber
Place of publication Berkeley, California
Publisher University of California Press
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
321213 Human Bioethics
730307 Health policy evaluation
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract THE PAYMENT OF RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS raises ethical and empirical questions that have special importance in addictions research involving drug-dependent participants. Despite a now large literature on human subjects payment, what is still needed is practical guidance for investigators and ethics committees. This paper reviews the literature on: current payment practices and guidelines; defining features of undue and due incentives and fair reimbursement; and the significance of risks and harms that may arise from paying drug using participants. We conclude that research payments are ethically acceptable in most circumstances of addictions research, but should be closely scrutinized in situations where these may exacerbate existing harms or create additional risks for participants and investigators. General principles, key questions and procedural options are highlighted for an applied approach to ethical research payments. Future research directions are identified.
Keyword Ethical research
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
2007 Higher Education Research Data Collection
School of Public Health Publications
 
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