In early 2014, PRIM&R explored the topic of what we call individuals who volunteer for research in a post titled “What’s in a name? Research ‘participant’ versus research ‘subject’.” In this post, PRIM&R concludes that, on the whole, “subject” is the most appropriate title for those involved in research studies (recognizing, however, that in some instances “participant ” may be appropriate; for example, in community-based participatory and participant-led research). Herein we present the contrasting points of view of three individuals.
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