Using The Reimbursement Model, And The Wage Payment Model

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Undue inducement in human subject scientific research occurs when scientists offer an incentive that incites participants to enter a study that poses significant risks which they otherwise would not participate in, or when participants could be recruited for less compensation. The main concern about undue inducement is that its coercive influence may distort the test subjects’ judgment, compromise their voluntariness, or impair their ability to give informed consent. Without informed consent, the researchers are no longer respecting the partakers’ autonomy, the research then cannot be deemed as ethical. Three monetary payment models were proposed to mitigate the potential risks of undue influence: the market model, the reimbursement model, and the wage-payment model. Using the principlist approach, I will argue that while it is ethical to pay research subjects for their participation in a study, undue inducement is still an existing issue, and the wage-payment model is the most morally permissible model for this case.
To begin with, Christine Grady states that an amount of money that is not excessive may, rather than constitute an undue inducement, be an indication of respect for the time and contribution that research subjects make. Beyond that, the payments ensure that the participants do not end up financially damaged. Based on the nonmaleficence principle, which advocates for actions that are non-harming or inflicting the least harm possible to reach a beneficial…

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