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Is IRB approval required

Discussion in 'Student Research and Publishing' started by Cadet133, Dec 16, 2018.

  1. Cadet133

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    Im doing a study on hypertension in hospitalized patients. I am currently a resident. If I want to review charts for the sole purpose to design a research study or to assess the feasibility of conducting a study, is IRB approval required? All I want to do is access patients charts from a given time frame who meet certain age requirements and record the age and BP. No patient identifiers will be recorded
     
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    Never hurts to go through the process. If you are collecting data, but in a retrospective manner, it’ll usually undergo expedited review.
     
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    Absolutely requires IRB approval because of the part I bolded above. Will likely go through expedited review since here is no harm to the patient outside of mishandling data which you will need to address in your application.
     
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    What are you planning on doing though with that initial set of data?

    If you are using it for yourself to mentally see if such a project is feasible, I think it might be appropriate to skim the charts. But if you are to use that data in the future for the specific project, then perhaps not so much.
     

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