AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. February 2011, Volume 13, Number 2.

Ethics Poll

Community Membership and Community-Based Researchers

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

Most new-patient intake forms ask individuals to check the box that most closely describes their race or ethnicity. Which of the following best describes how you feel about this practice?.
One challenge faced by community-based participatory research is the question of individual consent versus consent of the community as a whole. Individuals may participate, perhaps after receiving an incentive to do so, and the research findings may be extrapolated to the community as a whole in a way that the community finds unflattering or defaming. This is especially true in small, well-defined communities or tribes. In such communities, do you think:
Successful community-based research uses the knowledge and skills of all partners to understand barriers to health and institute new ways of behaving that will reduce a given health disparity. These are not the outcomes traditionally rewarded by academic promotion and tenure committees. How do you think community-based researchers should be evaluated for promotion and tenure?
Poll results reflect the opinions of visitors to the site who voluntarily answer the poll questions. Those visitors do not represent a random sample of our readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.