Research partners”—that’s what scientists and doctors call people who serve as study subjects. Government officials and ethicists use the same term, depicting subjects as equal to the professionals who conduct and oversee health research. But there’s a problem with the egalitarian language. It simply isn’t accurate. Read more
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The days are growing longer, spring is approaching, and before you can say Research Ethics Roundup, the crocuses will be emerging! Shake off the long winter and dig into some recent news stories on topics related to research ethics and oversight.
by Ali Hall, Educational Programs Assistant
At a recent discussion at one of PRIM&R’s staff meetings, we took up the issue of how to refer to those who volunteer to participate in research. More specifically, our conversation started with the fact that PRIM&R uses the term “research subject,” rather than the term “research participant.” The significance of this very conscious choice of language had previously managed to escape me, and so I found the ensuing discussion incredibly enlightening.
While research “subject” is the more traditional of the two terms, there has been a shift over the past 25 years or so to use research “participant” when referring to individuals [...] Read more
by Julie Fine, BS, Legal Specialist, Worldwide Research and Development, Pfizer Inc., La Jolla, California
While the 2013 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference has drawn to a close, PRIM&R is pleased to continue sharing reflections from members of the PRIM&R Blog Squad to provide our readers with an inside peek of the conference.
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