The CenterWatch Monthly, November 2016
Sites rate their relationships with IRBs
Institutional review boards (IRBs) received generally positive ratings for their relationships with investigative sites, according to a first-of-its-kind survey conducted by CenterWatch, yet the survey also identified key opportunities for improvement. In addition, nearly half of respondents polled consider the level of IRB oversight excessive. The quality of relationships between IRBs and investigative sites has improved in recent years as review boards have implemented more efficient processes and technologies to streamline ethical review processes. Overall, about three-fourths of respondents gave IRBs “good” or “excellent” ratings across a majority of the relationship quality attributes measured.
eConsent adoption advancing and fluid
Electronic informed consent, known as eConsent, is designed to relay study information to patients on a computer or portable device rather than paper. For many reasons, its adoption has been slow, but it continues to evolve. eConsent technology has been continually transformed to include fingerprint and retinal scan recognition to replace the signature, and an algorithm running behind tablet-based animations to gauge and score comprehension. Today, eConsent technology is being harnessed to better serve patients. While some in the industry are preparing for its more widespread adoption, observing slow but steady gains in recent years, others continue to circle it.
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