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May 2007

Should Institutional Review Board Decisions Be Evidence-Based?

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007;161(5):516-517. doi:10.1001/archpedi.161.5.516

Taneja et al1 introduce their excellent and rigorous study on the stresses experienced by parents who are asked to participate in research about their recently deceased children by noting the following:

Institutional review boards [IRBs] are often faced with the difficult decision of whether participation in research will cause harm to the bereaved. Moreover, institutional review boards and investigators must judge whether grieving parents are able to make decisions about participation in research studies during this difficult time.1

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