Determining what we stand for will guide what we do: community priorities, ethical research paradigms, and research with vulnerable populations

Am J Public Health. 2009 Feb;99(2):201-4. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2008.125617.


Prisoners, ex-offenders, and the communities they belong to constitute a distinct and highly vulnerable population, and research must be sensitive to their priorities. In light of recent suggestions that scientific experimentation involving prisoners be reconsidered, community-based participatory research can be a valuable tool for determining the immediate concerns of prisoners, such as the receipt of high-quality and dignified health care inside and outside prisons. In building research agendas, more must be done to ensure the participation of communities affected by the resulting policies.

MeSH terms

  • Ethics, Research*
  • Health Priorities*
  • Human Experimentation
  • Humans
  • Prisoners
  • Prisons
  • Quality of Health Care
  • United States
  • Vulnerable Populations*