Inducement in research

Bioethics. 1997 Oct;11(5):373-89. doi: 10.1111/1467-8519.00078.


Opposition to inducement payments for research subjects is an international orthodoxy amongst writers of ethics committee guidelines. We offer an argument in favour of these payments. We also critically evaluate the best arguments we can find or devise against such payments, and except in one very limited range of circumstances, we find these unconvincing.

MeSH terms

  • Coercion
  • Ethics Committees
  • Ethics Committees, Research
  • Ethics*
  • Fees and Charges*
  • Freedom
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Human Experimentation*
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent
  • Motivation*
  • Nontherapeutic Human Experimentation
  • Paternalism
  • Patient Selection
  • Personal Autonomy
  • Poverty
  • Research Subjects*
  • Risk Assessment*
  • Risk*
  • Science
  • Volunteers*