Pregnant people are often excluded from research without clear justification, even when there is little harm to the fetus in minimal-risk research. In this issue of Ethics & Human Research, ob/gyn Amina White and colleages survey current and former institutional review board personnel to find out their interpretations of “minimal risk” to identify factors that might influence IRB decisions to approve research with those who are pregnant.
Also in this issue, an ethics review in the Covid-19 era; designs for an observational toxicology study involving intoxicated patients; and an essay on mamking metrics meaningful in human research protection programs.
IRB Decision-Making about Minimal Risk Research with Pregnant Participants
Amina White, Christine Grady, Margaret Little, Kristen Sullivan, Katie Clark, Monalisa Ngwu, Anne Drapkin Lyerly
Creating a Research Ethics Consultation Service: Issues to Consider
Holly A. Taylor, Kathryn M. Porter, Erin Talati Paquette, Jennifer B. McCormick, Emma Tumilty, Jason F. Arnold, Kayte Spector-Bagdady, Marion Danis, Debra Brandt, Jina Shah, Benjamin S. Wilfond, Lisa M. Lee
Making Metrics Meaningful: How Human Research Protection Programs Can Efficiently and Effectively Use Their Data
Opt-Out Design for an Observational Toxicology Study Involving Intoxicated Patients at a Dance Music Event
Paul Calle, Peter Blanckaert, Sabine Lemoyne, Robert Rubens
A Call for Better, Not Faster, Research Ethics Committee Reviews in the Covid-19 Era
Leonardo Tamariz, Fred J. Hendler, John M. Wells, Annette Anderson, Stephen Bartlett
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