Journal article

Positive and negative aspects of participation in illicit drug research: Implications for recruitment and ethical conduct

Monica J Barratt, Josephine S Norman, Craig L Fry

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DRUG POLICY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2007

Abstract

Improved understanding of incentives and barriers to drug user research participation may improve study recruitment, retention and outcomes and enhance the ethical acceptability of illicit drug research. In Melbourne, Australia during 2001-2004, 507 injecting drug users were recruited from Needle and Syringe Programs and asked to nominate the 'best' and 'worst' things about research. Commonly reported positive aspects of drug research were its capacity to provide valid information about drug use (39%), the potential to improve drug-related policies and practices (20%) and benefits to the community (14%). Reported negative aspects of drug research included concerns about lack of, or negative ..

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