13 March 2013
Social media health research needs ethics
Participant-led research such as studies conducted via social networks, are increasingly common and have several advantages over more standard research but there are some concerns about their ethical oversight, according to experts.
They continue: "Yet, given how group dynamics may
develop, a concern that arises here is the inappropriate use of peer-pressure
to promote participation in a research project."
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