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Exploitation of Prisoners in Clinical Research: Perceptions of Study Participants
University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications
  • Paul P. Christopher, Brown University
  • Michael D. Stein, Brown University
  • Jennifer E. Johnson, Brown University
  • Josiah D. Rich, Brown University
  • Peter D. Friedmann, Brown University
  • Jennifer Clarke, Brown University
  • Charles W. Lidz, University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Department of Psychiatry; Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center
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This paper discusses findings of a study examining whether prisoners view their participation in clinical research studies as exploitative. Perspectives of seventy prisoners who were enrolled in one of six different clinical studies were analyzed. A minority of participants agreed with statements suggestive of potential exploitation. All but one participant believed that prisoners should have greater access to research. On balance, these data provide reassurance that prisoners in this sample do not view their involvement in clinical research as inappropriately exploitative.

  • exploitation,
  • vulnerable populations,
  • prisoners,
  • informed consent
IRB. 2016 Jan-Feb;38(1):7-12.
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Paul P. Christopher, Michael D. Stein, Jennifer E. Johnson, Josiah D. Rich, et al.. "Exploitation of Prisoners in Clinical Research: Perceptions of Study Participants" Vol. 38 Iss. 1 (2016) ISSN: 0193-7758 (Linking)
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