Case 52. Vulnerable Populations
Professor Kathleen McGorty conducts research on the re-integration of individuals released from long-term mental health care facilities into communities in the Southwest. Her population has been selected by a team of researchers in the state department of mental health, but during the interviews, she discovers that a substantial number have not been contacted by the department and made aware of the nature of the research or its use. After requesting clarification from the sponsors of the research, he is told that this is not a case requiring consent, as it is for internal state use only.
1. Can a researcher rely on a contract sponsor to
determine appropriate safeguards, even if the contracting agent has
legal responsibility for the population in question?