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Type: Journal article
Title: Ethical considerations in recruiting primary care patients to research studies
Author: Barton, C.
Tam, C.
Abbott, P.
Liaw, S.
Citation: Australian Family Physician, 2016; 45(3):144-148
Publisher: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 0300-8495
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Christopher Barton, Chun Wah Michael Tam, Penelope Abbott, Siaw-Teng Liaw
Abstract: Background: How patients are selected and subsequently invited to take part in research has important implications for gaining informed, voluntary consent. Objective(s): This article identifies and discusses common ethical issues that are faced by researchers when recruiting patients from primary care settings. Discussion: Recruiting primary care patients for research studies should be guided by the core ethical values of merit and integrity, respect, justice and beneficence. Issues of patient privacy and risk of coercion are major concerns when selecting and recruiting primary care patients, but the ethical issues will depend on the type of research and the potential risks to participants. The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, and Australian privacy laws and principles, should be reviewed to ensure recruitment meets contemporary ethical standards prior to submitting a study protocol for ethical review.
Keywords: Australian General-Practice; health; attitudes; adults; trial
Rights: © The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 2016
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