Research participant

A research participant, also called a human subject or an experiment, trial, or study participant or subject, is a person who participates in human subject research by being the target of observation by researchers.

Rights of research participants

In accordance with modern norms of research ethics and with the Declaration of Helsinki, researchers who conduct human subject research should afford certain rights to research participants.[1] Research participants should expect the following:


There are several standard themes in the choice of words (participant, subject, patient, control):

Further reading


  1. Coleman, Carl H. (2005). The ethics and regulation of research with human subjects. Newark, NJ: LexisNexis. ISBN 978-1583607985.

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