Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
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.
Wendler D. Improving the Decision Processes of Institutional Review Boards. JAMA. 2004;291(14):1698-1699. doi:10.1001/jama.291.14.1698-c