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Clinical trials: A qualitative analysis of the experiences and perceptions of research participants
by Krause, Gwendolyn L., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 84; 1595776
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explores the reasons, motivations, understanding, risk perception and experiences of clinical research volunteers. This study incorporates qualitative methods including in-depth, semi-structured, open-ended interviews among six respondents who have participated in one or multiple research studies.

Six respondents, five of whom worked in the healthcare and clinical research industry were interviewed. Responses revealed that beyond monetary compensation, participants enrolled in order to seek the benefits of examinations, procedures, and test results as well as for symptomatic relief. Research coordinators expressed an ability to present ‘better data’ to study staff while also enjoying seeing the other side of research from their own.

Recommendations note that investigative site staff responsible for recruitment should strive to foster trust and rapport with participants before, during and after trial participation. The practice of enrolling site staff in non-therapeutic studies is potentially coercive and should specifically prohibited by sponsors and site operating procedures.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Loewe, Ronald
Commitee: Howell, Jayne, Wilson, R. Scott
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Medical Ethics
Keywords: Clinical research, Clinical trials, Participants, Subjects
Publication Number: 1595776
ISBN: 978-1-321-95292-6
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