"You May Have Already Won…": An Examination of the Use of Lottery Payments in Research

Title"You May Have Already Won…": An Examination of the Use of Lottery Payments in Research
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsBrown, JS, Schonfeld, TL, Gordon, BC
JournalIRB: Ethics & Human Research
Volume28
Issue1
Pagination12-16
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number01937758
Accession Number19384906
KeywordsHuman , Institutional , Medical , PAYMENT , SOCIAL
AbstractThis article presents information on the payment of human subjects to participate in research. Payment to human subjects still remains an unresolved ethical issue facing Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). According to an informal survey conducted through the Social Psychology List Serve, out of 15 responding institutions that use IRBs, 10 had restrictions on lottery payments. It is argued in this article that the compensation in studies offering a lottery is not the prize itself, but the chance to participate in the lottery. The article concludes that in order for a lottery to be fair as a means of compensating human subjects, one must believe that subjects participate for a chance to win, as that is the fairly-divided good.
NotesBrown, Joseph S. 1 Schonfeld, Toby L. 2 Gordon, Bruce C. 3,4; Affiliation: 1: Associate Professor, Psychology Department, University of Nebraska, Omaha. 2: Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive and Societal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center. 3: Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Nebraska Medical Center. 4: Associate Professor, Department of Preventive and Societal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center.; Source Info: Jan/Feb2006, Vol. 28 Issue 1, p12; Subject Term: HUMAN capital; Subject Term: PAYMENT; Subject Term: INSTITUTIONAL review boards (Medicine); Subject Term: MEDICAL ethics committees; Subject Term: SOCIAL groups; Subject Term: SOCIAL psychology; Number of Pages: 5p; Document Type: Article
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