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Ethical considerations of recruiting migrant workers for clinical trials
  1. Bushra Zafreen Amin
  1. University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  1. Correspondence to Ms Bushra Zafreen Amin, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA; bushra.amin{at}pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Abstract

Migrant workers in dormitories are an attractive source of clinical trial participants. However, they are a vulnerable population that has been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Guidelines on recruiting vulnerable populations (such as prisoners, children or the mentally impaired) for clinical trials have long been established, but ethical considerations for migrant workers have been neglected. This article aims to highlight and explain what researchers recruiting migrant workers must be cognizant of, and offers recommendations to address potential concerns. The considerations raised in this article include: three types of illiteracy, power dynamics, the risks associated with communal living and potential benefits to the migrant workers as well as researchers.

  • Research Ethics
  • Informed Consent
  • Research on Special Populations
  • Coercion
  • Clinical trials

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  • Contributors BZA is the sole author of this manuscript. BZA conceived of the paper and all the ideas within it herself. BZA researched the literature herself. BZA wrote the paper herself.

  • Funding The author has not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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