Ethical community-engaged research: A literature review

Lisa Mikesell, Elizabeth Bromley, Dmitry Khodyakov

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Health research has relied on ethical principles, such as those of the Belmont Report, to protect the rights and well-being of research participants. Community-based participatory research (CBPR), however, must also consider the rights and wellbeing of communities. This requires additional ethical considerations that have been extensively discussed but not synthesized in the CBPR literature. We conducted a comprehensive thematic literature review and summarized empirically grounded discussions of ethics in CBPR, with a focus on the value of the Belmont principles in CBPR, additional essential components of ethical CBPR, the ethical challenges CBPR practitioners face, and strategies to ensure that CBPR meets ethical standards. Our study provides a foundation for developing a working definition and a conceptual model of ethical CBPR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e7-e14
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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