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Comment & Response
June 2015

Initial Institutional Review Board Approval Process in Malawi

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of North Carolina Project–Malawi, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill
JAMA Surg. 2015;150(6):595. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.0401

To the Editor The study by Hall et al1 sheds light on a very important step in the research process. The authors found that most initial institutional review board (IRB) approvals take 2 to 4 months, which is longer than the recommended 60 days. They suggest that a detailed analysis of review time, using a procedure similar to their methods, could be a useful quality improvement measure for research implementation.1 Indeed, their analysis revealed that most delays were due to slow response time by investigators and were not a structural IRB problem.

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