Essay about Criminology

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Though we agree with Onyeabor that research participants certainly deserve recognition for their contributions, the nature and extent of this

recognition might justifiably vary according to the contribution made, and we would argue that participants are owed a fair share of the benefits.8 However, we do not agree that researchers necessarily bear long-term obligations to provide care after their research is over. In conducting research, researchers have many important obligations, including those to maintain scientific integrity and protect research participants. Although the relationship between a researcher and a research participant cannot last forever, researchers’ obligations to participants do not end when the last pieces of data are collected. Just as hospital physicians should engage in careful discharge planning when patients are being released from their care, we would argue that researchers have obligations to end their relationships with research participants responsibly. This obligation to help participants transition to local sources of care might increase or decrease in intensity depending on several factors, including the extent of participants’ need for

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