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April 14, 2004

Improving the Decision Processes of Institutional Review Boards

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(14):1698-1699. doi:10.1001/jama.291.14.1698-c

In Reply: I agree with Dr Wagner that evidence-based research designed to identify methods to improve the IRB process could help to protect research participants, and ensure the public that research is being conducted appropriately. Although such data would be invaluable, designing research to assess IRB deliberations and decisions would require creative methods to assess a complicated process. The resulting studies would require substantial time and resources.

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