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vulnerable

In human research ethics, 'vulnerable' and 'vulnerability' indicate participant groups or persons, in circumstances that make them more susceptible to either coercion to participate, or harm while participating in research. It may denote diminished capacity for judgement and decision making in the context of the research without necessarily implying diminished capacity at other times. It indicates a need for special care in recruitment, consent and amelioration of harm.

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20th July 2011