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IRB software programs
Your research administrators and researchers work too hard not to give them the necessary tools to help them be productive. IRB software programs are game-changers in allowing the team to review all forms being submitted and ensure that they are in compliance. In fact, using IRB software provides your staff, faculty, students, and even administrators with the assistance they need to work efficiently. However, not all software programs are created equal. There are key features to look... Read More
IRB Software

IRB Software

The Institutional Review Board can be unforgiving when it comes to research. Nobody wants to place subjects in harm's way or run afoul of the IRB due to inadequate tracking. In fact, IRB tracking software is becoming crucial to helping administrators, managers, and assistants to do the job well without errors or omissions. Migrating from a PDF or paper-based system to an online tracking system has been an especially huge transformation. In fact, here are... Read More
Approve a New Software Purchase

Approve a New Software Purchase

The primary obstacle to installing new software is usually not the installation process itself, but rather the challenge of convincing decision makers to approve the software purchase. Your ability to earn the support of administrators depends upon how well you outline the benefits and convey that new software is necessary to maintain a competitive edge in your industry.
irb software

IRB Software

Institutional Review Boards are generally the bane of everyone's existence. From research ethics to the tedious reports that follow, it's a time-consuming task that no one enjoys. Compliance requirements must be followed at all times, so there is no choice but to follow the guidelines and document everything. Since there is no way to get around compliance, it's up to you to be smarter about the way you work. IRB software can help you get... Read More
As a kid, my mom would tell this story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. The story posed an obvious question “Whose job is it?” Long story short, no one took responsibility for doing the job, so nothing got accomplished. She often told this story when I had not finished my house chores. I was reminded of this story when a student research assistant visited my office and asked me “Whose job is... Read More
When designing recruitment materials researchers should consider the study, setting, cultural and age-based needs of the population, (or population vulnerability). Below are the most commonly used subject recruitment methods for research purposes. This includes both social-behavioral and biomedical recruitment strategies:
  • Direct recruitment includes physicians talking with their own patients about the study, contact between the study team and potential subjects in person, on the phone or on the Internet. This also includes contact between... Read More
According to 45 C.F.R 46.102(i), The Common Rule, minimal risk is defined as “the probability and magnitude of harm or discomfort anticipated in the research are not greater in and of themselves than those ordinarily encountered in daily life or during the performance of routine physical or psychological examinations or tests.” Simply put, risk exists in everyday interactions. Risk in human subject research is considered minimal when it is similar to ordinary or routine encounters. Full board protocols,... Read More
Benefits in research are always considered in relation to the risks associated with the study. Beneficence, or the respectful and ethical treatment of people to ensure their wellbeing, guides how Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviewers gauge study benefits. The aim is to maximize the benefit of research while minimizing the harm or risk to participants. However, benefits do not need to be directed to the study participant, but can benefit the research field or people... Read More