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Health Serv Res. 2005 Feb;40(1):279-90.

Variations among Institutional Review Board reviews in a multisite health services research study.

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  • 1Research and Analysis, National Committee for Quality Assurance, Washington, DC 20036, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To document the Institutional Review Board (IRB) review process and to explore the impact of different patient notification procedures.

DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING:

Review of IRB application and correspondence records prospectively collected during a multisite study of health care quality involving telephone interviews of 3,000 participants across 15 primary care sites.

STUDY DESIGN:

Records were reviewed to ascertain: (1) the type of IRB review conducted, (2) the number of days from submission to approval of the IRB application, (3) whether the IRB required patient notification and/or consent prior to the release of names, and (4) patient participation rates.

DATA COLLECTION/EXTRACTION METHODS:

The study coordinating center prepared a common study protocol for IRB submission and assisted sites with submission. The application, correspondence with the IRB, consent script, and patient letters were collected, reviewed, coded, and analyzed.

PRINCIPAL FINDINGS:

IRBs at the 15 sites and survey center varied in the type of IRB required and the number of days from submission to approval (range of 5-172 days). Four sites required patient notification in advance of the study; 2-11 percent of patients refused in opt-out sites and 37 percent in the single opt-in site. Participation among contacted patients did not appear to be related to patient notification procedures.

CONCLUSIONS:

Variations in IRB requirements can affect response rates and sample generalizability.

PMID:
15663713
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PMCID:
PMC1361137
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