Journal article

Do Research Participants Trust Researchers or Their Institution?

Marilys Guillemin, Emma Barnard, Anton Allen, Paul Stewart, Hannah Walker, Doreen Rosenthal, Lynn Gillam

JOURNAL OF EMPIRICAL RESEARCH ON HUMAN RESEARCH ETHICS | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2018

Abstract

Relationships of trust between research participants and researchers are often considered paramount to successful research; however, we know little about participants' perspectives. We examined whom research participants trusted when taking part in research. Using a qualitative approach, we interviewed 36 research participants, including eight Indigenous participants. Thematic analysis was used to analyze the data. This article focuses on findings related to non-Indigenous participants. In contrast to Indigenous participants, non-Indigenous participants placed their trust in research institutions because of their systems of research ethics, their reputation and prestige. Researchers working ..

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