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Medical News & Perspectives
October 23/30, 2002

New Focus on Research Participant Protection

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JAMA. 2002;288(16):1973. doi:10.1001/jama.288.16.1973-JMN1023-3-1

Washington—After an exhaustive 18-month review, an Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee has handed down broad recommendations for overhauling the nation's fractured system of human research protections. The report advocates sweeping changes at the national, institutional, and community levels, including comprehensive monitoring of all research, revamping strained institutional review boards (IRBs), and providing litigation-free compensation for participants harmed during research.