Recruiting Marginalized, Vulnerable Populations into Health Research: Issues in International Research
To ensure that marginalized, vulnerable populations have equitable access to health services, they need to be included in important health services research. Such groups include refugees, internally displaced persons, orphans, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender people, sex workers, individuals with drug addiction, and others who suffer from social exclusion. Key questions include: What are the ethics of doing research with these populations when identifying them could lead to stigma or legal and political repercussions, but not doing the research can leave such populations at greater risk of health disparities? What are the risks to these populations and to investigators when a country has a poor record involving human rights? During this session, faculty and attendees will discuss a case involving research in a conflict situation that will motivate a discussion to discuss the ethical issues when performing research on marginalized, vulnerable populations.