Limited English proficiency (LEP) refers to a limited ability to read, speak, write, and/or understand English. The exclusion of individuals with LEP from research is a significant issue, and this exclusion raises issues of justice. Strategies to accommodate individuals with LEP in research must include consideration of the principles of autonomy and beneficence/non-maleficence; safeguards may be added to ensure that the consent and participation of individuals with LEP is informed and voluntary, and furthermore, that the safety and well-being of individuals with LEP can be maintained throughout their research participation. These ethical considerations must be weighed against the expense and delay of translation and interpreter services.
Released on: June 2021
Developed by: MRCT Center Bioethics Collaborative
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Limited English Proficiency and Translation of Study Materials Meeting Summary