TAG ARCHIVES FOR research subjects

22
Feb2019

It’s been suggested by some that it is time to jettison the term “research subject” from our research ethics vocabulary—including in the regulations—and  exclusively use the term “research participant” to refer to those who enroll in research. While there are many compelling arguments for using "participant" instead of "subject" in the modern research context, PRIM&R's executive director, Elisa A. Hurley, PhD, argues that we need to keep both research "subject and research "participant" in our shared vocabulary. Read more

25
May2017

In early 2014, PRIM&R explored the topic of what we call individuals who volunteer for research in a post titled "What’s in a name? Research 'participant' versus research 'subject'." In this post, PRIM&R concludes that, on the whole, "subject" is the most appropriate title for those involved in research studies (recognizing, however, that in some instances "participant " may be appropriate; for example, in community-based participatory and participant-led research). Herein we present the contrasting points of view of three individuals. Read more