Debriefing is the process of giving participants further information about a study in which they participated at the conclusion of their participation. Debriefing continues the informational process that began with participant recruitment and informed consent. During debriefing, participants are reminded of the purpose and importance of the study, given further information about expected results, and thanked for their participation. Debriefing thus serves an educational purpose; participants may learn more about the value of their participation in research and their contribution to scientific understanding. The debriefing process also provides an opportunity for participants to ask questions of the researcher. This entry discusses the purpose of debriefing, the debriefing process, and types of debriefing. It then looks at the ethical considerations surrounding debriefing, debriefing in internet ...

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