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Webinar: (2017-04) Compensation or Inducement? What IRBs Need to Know about Paying Subjects for Participation

It is widely accepted that researchers and institutions can reimburse study subjects for expenses incurred during research participation and provide payments to compensate for time and effort. There is more controversy, however, surrounding the use of payments to achieve recruitment goals. Several ethics guidance documents warn against offering payments that induce people to join studies against their better judgment. Despite the ubiquity of study payments, there is a lack of benchmarking data and standards about what constitutes appropriate compensation for study subjects. In addition, ongoing debate among ethicists about the amount and form of compensation that is appropriate in various scenarios creates challenges for IRBs and investigators. How can IRBs ensure they meet their ethical and regulatory responsibilities when it comes to paying subjects without risking coercion and undue influence, or adding to the study's recruitment difficulties? (Presented on April 12, 2017)

During this intermediate-level webinar, speakers will address the following topics as they relate to paying research subjects:

What will I learn?

After attending this webinar, attendees will be able to:
  • Understand the underlying ethical principles that govern compensation for research subjects and weigh the arguments for and against various payment practices
  • Apply lessons from existing guidance, regulations, and best practices when evaluating payment for research subjects

Who should attend?

This intermediate-level webinar will benefit IRB administrators, staff, and researchers who are involved with developing or evaluating compensation for research subjects.

Continuing Education
Webinar participants holding the Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) credential may apply 1.5 continuing education credits towards CIP recertification. Learn More »

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