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Addiction. 2001 Sep;96(9):1319-25.

For love or money? An exploratory study of why injecting drug users participate in research.

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Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre Inc., Melbourne, Australia. craigf@turningpoint.org.au

Abstract

AIMS:

To examine injecting drug user (IDU) motivations as research participants.

DESIGN:

Convenience sampling facilitated by recruitment notices distributed through needle and syringe programmes (NSPs), and snowballing within peer networks.

SETTING:

NSPs in six suburbs throughout the Melbourne metropolitan area.

PARTICIPANTS:

One hundred and fifty-four current IDUs. The mean age was 28 years, 62% were male, and 80% nominated heroin as preferred drug.

MEASUREMENTS:

Interviewer-administered survey including questions about socio-demographics, drug use and main reasons for participating in research.

FINDINGS:

IDU research participation reasons were consistent with motivational themes such as economic gain (46%), expression of citizenship (38%), altruism (19%), personal satisfaction (17%), drug user activism (16%) and seeking information or assistance (5%). Most respondents (58%) cited reasons where the primary beneficiaries of participation were other individuals or groups (citizenship, altruism, drug user activism) or both self and others.

CONCLUSIONS:

IDU motivations for research involvement appear to be multi-dimensional, rarely motivated by economic gain alone, and not necessarily defined by direct benefits or gains to themselves. These findings are relevant to the question of IDU research payment ethics.

PMID:
11672496
DOI:
10.1080/09652140120070373
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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