Title

Paying substance abusers in research studies: Where does the money go?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2012

Abstract

Background: Research involving substance-abusing participants is often hindered by low rates of recruitment and retention. Research suggests that monetary payment or remuneration can be an effective strategy to overcome these obstacles. Objectives: This article provides a brief overview of these issues and provides data reflecting how substance-abusing participants in several of our studies used their baseline and follow-up payments. We also present research findings related to how the mode of payment (i.e., cash, check, gift card) may affect how payments are used. Conclusions and Significance: Overall, our findings suggest that participants use their research payments in a responsible and safe manner. Limitations and recommendations for future research are discussed. © 2012 Informa Healthcare USA, Inc.

Publication Title

American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Volume

38

Issue

1

First Page

43

Last Page

48

Comments

This article was published in American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Volume 38, Issue 1, Pages 43-48.

The published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/00952990.2011.563337 .

Copyright © 2012.

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