Ethical considerations in recruiting primary care patients to research studies

Christopher Barton, Michael Tam, Penelope Abbott, Teng Liaw

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)144-148
    Number of pages5
    JournalAustralian Family Physician
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016


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