‘As long it helps somebody’: why vulnerable people participate in research

Susan Alexander; Edith Cowan University

In the past, ethics committees and researchers have avoided research among vulnerable groups because of prevailing perceptions that such research is unethical and difficult. Taking an opposite stand, this article will argue that it is in fact unethical not to research vulnerable populations because, by excluding potential participants from research endeavours, they are being deprived of the benefits to be gained from research. Albeit well-meaning, people in vulnerable populations are also being subjected to the paternalistic attitudes of those who believe they know what is in the best interests of others…

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https://doi.org/10.12968/ijpn.2010.16.4.47783

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