Payment of research participants: current practice and policies of Irish research ethics committees.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/332792
Title:
Payment of research participants: current practice and policies of Irish research ethics committees.
Authors:
Roche, Eric; King, Romaine; Mohan, Helen M; Gavin, Blanaid; McNicholas, Fiona
Affiliation:
Cluain Mhuire Community Mental Health Service, Dublin, Ireland. dr.roche.eric@gmail.com
Citation:
Roche E et al. Payment of research participants: current practice and policies of Irish research ethics committees. J Med Ethics. 2013, 39 (9):591-3
Journal:
Journal of medical ethics
Issue Date:
Sep-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/332792
DOI:
10.1136/medethics-2012-100679
PubMed ID:
23204324
Abstract:
Payment of research participants helps to increase recruitment for research studies, but can pose ethical dilemmas. Research ethics committees (RECs) have a centrally important role in guiding this practice, but standardisation of the ethical approval process in Ireland is lacking.; Our aim was to examine REC policies, experiences and concerns with respect to the payment of participants in research projects in Ireland.; Postal survey of all RECs in Ireland.; Response rate was 62.5% (n=50). 80% of RECs reported not to have any established policy on the payment of research subjects while 20% had refused ethics approval to studies because the investigators proposed to pay research participants. The most commonly cited concerns were the potential for inducement and undermining of voluntary consent.; There is considerable variability among RECs on the payment of research participants and a lack of clear consensus guidelines on the subject. The development of standardised guidelines on the payment of research subjects may enhance recruitment of research participants.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
BACKGROUND: Payment of research participants helps to increase recruitment for research studies, but can pose ethical dilemmas. Research ethics committees (RECs) have a centrally important role in guiding this practice, but standardisation of the ethical approval process in Ireland is lacking. AIM: Our aim was to examine REC policies, experiences and concerns with respect to the payment of participants in research projects in Ireland. METHOD: Postal survey of all RECs in Ireland. RESULTS: Response rate was 62.5% (n=50). 80% of RECs reported not to have any established policy on the payment of research subjects while 20% had refused ethics approval to studies because the investigators proposed to pay research participants. The most commonly cited concerns were the potential for inducement and undermining of voluntary consent. CONCLUSIONS: There is considerable variability among RECs on the payment of research participants and a lack of clear consensus guidelines on the subject. The development of standardised guidelines on the payment of research subjects may enhance recruitment of research participants.
Keywords:
RESEARCH; ETHICS
MeSH:
Ethics Committees, Research; Ethics, Research; Guidelines as Topic; Human Experimentation; Humans; Ireland; Motivation; Research Subjects
ISSN:
1473-4257
Sponsors:
Funding The cost of postage for the survey was covered by the Lucena Foundation as part of a fund made available to the Academic Chair.

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorRoche, Ericen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKing, Romaineen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMohan, Helen Men_GB
dc.contributor.authorGavin, Blanaiden_GB
dc.contributor.authorMcNicholas, Fionaen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-16T10:00:02Z-
dc.date.available2014-10-16T10:00:02Z-
dc.date.issued2013-09-
dc.identifier.citationRoche E et al. Payment of research participants: current practice and policies of Irish research ethics committees. J Med Ethics. 2013, 39 (9):591-3en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1473-4257-
dc.identifier.pmid23204324-
dc.identifier.doi10.1136/medethics-2012-100679-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/332792-
dc.descriptionBACKGROUND: Payment of research participants helps to increase recruitment for research studies, but can pose ethical dilemmas. Research ethics committees (RECs) have a centrally important role in guiding this practice, but standardisation of the ethical approval process in Ireland is lacking. AIM: Our aim was to examine REC policies, experiences and concerns with respect to the payment of participants in research projects in Ireland. METHOD: Postal survey of all RECs in Ireland. RESULTS: Response rate was 62.5% (n=50). 80% of RECs reported not to have any established policy on the payment of research subjects while 20% had refused ethics approval to studies because the investigators proposed to pay research participants. The most commonly cited concerns were the potential for inducement and undermining of voluntary consent. CONCLUSIONS: There is considerable variability among RECs on the payment of research participants and a lack of clear consensus guidelines on the subject. The development of standardised guidelines on the payment of research subjects may enhance recruitment of research participants.en_GB
dc.description.abstractPayment of research participants helps to increase recruitment for research studies, but can pose ethical dilemmas. Research ethics committees (RECs) have a centrally important role in guiding this practice, but standardisation of the ethical approval process in Ireland is lacking.-
dc.description.abstractOur aim was to examine REC policies, experiences and concerns with respect to the payment of participants in research projects in Ireland.-
dc.description.abstractPostal survey of all RECs in Ireland.-
dc.description.abstractResponse rate was 62.5% (n=50). 80% of RECs reported not to have any established policy on the payment of research subjects while 20% had refused ethics approval to studies because the investigators proposed to pay research participants. The most commonly cited concerns were the potential for inducement and undermining of voluntary consent.-
dc.description.abstractThere is considerable variability among RECs on the payment of research participants and a lack of clear consensus guidelines on the subject. The development of standardised guidelines on the payment of research subjects may enhance recruitment of research participants.-
dc.description.sponsorshipFunding The cost of postage for the survey was covered by the Lucena Foundation as part of a fund made available to the Academic Chair.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Journal of medical ethicsen_GB
dc.subjectRESEARCHen_GB
dc.subjectETHICSen_GB
dc.subject.meshEthics Committees, Research-
dc.subject.meshEthics, Research-
dc.subject.meshGuidelines as Topic-
dc.subject.meshHuman Experimentation-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshIreland-
dc.subject.meshMotivation-
dc.subject.meshResearch Subjects-
dc.titlePayment of research participants: current practice and policies of Irish research ethics committees.en_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentCluain Mhuire Community Mental Health Service, Dublin, Ireland. dr.roche.eric@gmail.comen_GB
dc.identifier.journalJournal of medical ethicsen_GB

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