Sutton, L. B., Erlen, J. A., Glad, J. M., & Siminoff, L. A. (2003). Recruiting vulnerable populations for research: revisiting the ethical issues. Journal of Professional Nursing, 19(2), 106-112.
The author examined the relevant issue of ethics. As a research organization ethics is foremost in the development of our pilot studies. In this article the author suggested that the gatekeepers of the subjects for many health pilot studies are the health professionals. This does not appear to be problematic in recruiting the general population however, the authors focus on the recruitment of minorities and determine that health care workers in this position as gatekeepers is problematic. The reason for their assertion is they state that health care workers in their determination to protect ethnic minorities, may be doing them a disservice by not letting know about clinical trials that they could qualify for. The end result of the health care workers position is that many studies do not have a fair amount of ethnic and low-income subjects because they not been notified abou the study by the health care workers. The authors then explain the history of
recruitment of minorities, in specific with reference to the Belmont report to show why this could be problematic. While it is true that health care workers do impinge on the process of recruiting minorities, this is only one piece of the problem. The authors failed to address the racism of many research studies, which in fact do not want to recruit minorities. This is evidenced in many pharmaceutical trials where the preference is middle aged white males. This article can be useful in addressing the ethics that will be necessary to consider as our organization recruits minorities and ethnically vulnerable populations