Commentary: The ethics of paying for children’s participation in research.
Wendler, D., Rackoff, J. E., Emanuel, E. J., & Grady, C. (2002). Commentary: The ethics of paying for children’s participation in research. The Journal of Pediatrics, 141(2). pp. 166-171.
Abstract: Paying for children’s participation in research has become relatively common. A review of data from Center-Watch, a clinical trials listing service, suggests that nearly 25% of pediatric trials offer payment(1). The amount of payment in the studies cited ranged from $25 (to children) for a study of influenza medication to $1500 (to families) for the time and travel involved in a study of medication for psoriasis. Paying participants of any age remains controversial. Some argue that payment may reduce participants’ understanding or the voluntariness of their informed consent. Others argue it may commodify research participation. Conversely, not paying participants may be unethical: perhaps they should be rewarded for contributing to the social good; perhaps they should share in the profits of research. Although these issues concern paying participants of any age, the current article focuses on the ethics of paying for children, persons under 18 years of age who by law cannot consent, to participate in research. This article was published in The Journal of Pediatrics, 141(2), Wendler, D., Rackoff, J. E., Emanuel, E. J., & Grady, C. , Commentary: The ethics of paying for children’s participation in research , 141(2), © Copyright Elsevier (2002).