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Advances in Nursing Science:
doi: 10.1097/01.ANS.0000319562.84007.22
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Ethical, Regulatory, and Investigator Considerations in Prison Research

Brewer-Smyth, Kathleen PhD, RN, CRRN

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Abstract

Although numbers of prison inmates are increasing rapidly, limited research addresses health-related conditions prevalent in prisons. Compelling reasons exist for prison research to address high rates of psychiatric, neurological, and other health-related conditions that may precipitate or result from incarceration, high-risk behaviors, infectious disease transmission, traumatic brain injuries, and other issues related to incarceration. Prison research is critical because inmates are frequently re-incarcerated and released, posing potential risks to themselves and the community. The purpose of this article is to provide a pragmatic overview of ethical, regulatory, and investigator considerations to facilitate critically needed research with vulnerable prison populations.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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