Participant and Staff Experiences in a Peer-Delivered HIV Intervention with Injection Drug Users.

Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (Impact Factor: 1.25). 02/2014; 9(1):6-18. DOI: 10.1525/jer.2014.9.1.6
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We explore ethical issues faced by investigators as they conduct research as part of a peer-delivered HIV/AIDS risk reduction program for injection drug users (IDUs). Staff and participant experiences in peer-delivered interventions among IDUs have come under scrutiny by ethics researchers because of their potential to inadvertently and negatively impact participant rehabilitation due to continued engagement with drug-using networks during the course of outreach. This study explores whether enhanced communication of participant concerns and experiences with clinic and research staff helps to reduce inadvertent malfeasance in peer-delivered drug treatment interventions. Results contribute to the development of patient support infrastructure in peer-delivered risk reduction programs involving IDUs.

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