Navigation Links
Regions vary in paying prisoners to participate in research
Date:8/17/2012

TORONTO, Aug. 17, 2012--When members of the public participate in research studies, they are often given incentives such as cash or gift cards for food as compensation or reimbursement for their time and effort. Not so for Canada's prison population. A new analysis shows that there is inconsistency in how and when incentives are used for research participants under criminal justice supervision.

Of the provinces, territories and federal government, only two jurisdictions have written policy around the use of research incentives, according to a national study led by Dr. Flora I. Matheson, a research scientist at St. Michael's Hospital's Centre for Research on Inner City Health. Other jurisdictions have unwritten practices - some departments prohibit the use of incentives, while others allow incentives on a case-by-case basis.

The findings, published in the August issue of the American Journal of Public Health, highlight the need to look at the issue of research incentives for prisoners openly.

"As researchers, we always offer something as a way of thanking the participants for opening up to us and for contributing their time," said Dr. Matheson, a medical sociologist.

"The prison population, including those on probation or parole, is a physically and geographically confined population, which makes recruitment for research studies relatively easy. This is one reason why researchers often seek them out for study. But, why do we treat them differently from other research participants? Some people would consider this discriminatory. At the very least, we should be having a discussion about why there is a lack of policy for this vulnerable population."

Prison populations have particularly high rates of mental illness and substance abuse problems factors that may influence their ability to provide consent. They are also more economically disadvantaged in which case, monetary incentives may act as undue influence for them to participate in research and affect the voluntary nature of the consent process. Thus, the onus is on researchers and research ethics boards to develop "appropriate" use of incentives, said Dr. Matheson.

But many practical questions arise.

For example, what is the appropriate monetary value of research incentives for offenders who are living under supervision? Dr. Matheson suggests using the standard prison wage or minimum wage of the province or territory. Setting the monetary value in this way would establish a national standardized approach to equitable incentive practices.

She said policies that define appropriate incentives are vital to ensure effective and equitable engagement between researchers and the offender population. A national policy would ensure equitable treatment of offenders across all correctional jurisdictions.


'/>"/>

Contact: Leslie Shepherd
shepherdl@smh.ca
416-864-6094
St. Michael's Hospital
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Scientists ID New Gene Regions Linked to Type 2 Diabetes
2. Certain Genetic Regions May Be Tied to Osteoporosis
3. Researchers Map Brain Regions Linked to Intelligence
4. Study answers Medicare concerns about paying for CT colonography
5. Researchers offer new approach to track former prisoners access to community HIV care
6. Elderly prisoners need better medical care, according to report
7. Experts from John Theurer Cancer Center to participate in the AAMDSIF Patient and Family Conference
8. fiteBac™ SkinCare, LLC Participates in OSAP Symposium on Infection Control
9. Women & Infants to participate in national effort to increase breastfeeding rates
10. Cleveland Clinic selected to participate in National MDS Clinical Research Consortium
11. Researchers awarded National Cancer Institute grants aimed at answering provocative questions
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... ... Sterling Global Products is launching a Kickstarter campaign focused on “PAW Patrol ... campaign kick-off video is located via this link https://youtu.be/WsO4qz2odco . The campaign will ... raise $1,000 per day for a total of $25,000. The funds will be used ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... Fire ... to provide one resource, from start to finish, for Life Safety compliance. ... of Condition surveys requested by the Joint Commission, and fire stopping reviews, inspections, ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... ... is pleased to welcome new Partner Firm Austin & Co., Inc. Headquartered ... to insurance, employee benefits, HR consulting, benefits technology, and beyond. As an ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... VA (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2016 , ... How ... 2016 · Raleigh, NC, http://www.fdanews.com/humanerrordrugdevice , Human error is known to be ... unlikely that human error will ever be totally eliminated, many human performance problems can ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... (PRWEB) May 24, 2016 -- ... of its Advisory Board. Joining the Grow Healthy Advisory Board ... of them embody the mission of our organization and bring talent, ... have them as we continue to expand our footprint as the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/24/2016)... May 24, 2016 ... , la première endoprothèse à double ... à l,intervention portant sur les membres inférieurs ... OrbusNeich, entreprise mondiale spécialisée dans la ... la vie, a élargi son portefeuille pour ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... , May 23, 2016 ... Handling Equipment Market by Product (Wheelchair, Scooters, Medical ... (Bariatric Care, Critical Care, Wound), Accessories (Lifting, Transfer) ... to 2021", published by MarketsandMarkets, the patient handling ... Billion by 2021 at a CAGR of 10.5% ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... 23, 2016 According to ... Development, Growth and Demand Forecast to 2022 - ... by Application (Drug Discovery and Development, Proteomics, Clinical ... Life Science and Biotechnology, Academic and Research Institute, ... the global mass spectrometry market was ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: