Cartoon by Don Mayne www.researchcartoons.com
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It is important that researchers and research ethics reviewers remember that physical, psychological and legal are not the only kinds of risks. Sometimes a social risk can be more significant than embarrassment over dinner. Despite the chuckle we might get from this Don Mayne cartoon, we should consider whether a research project might involve some kind of social risk and take steps to mitigate it.