NYU researchers are interested in conducting a study at a city dental clinic which provides primary dental care for patients who have no access to medical insurance.
The researchers aim to establish a link between inadequate or infrequent dental care and various oral diseases. As part of their study they also hope to draw a comparison between the oral health of smokers and nonsmokers.
How should the investigators obtain approval when working with this cooperating institution?
Letters of approval are required from cooperating institutions or organizations when they are involved in research conducted by NYU employees or students. Approval is needed when:
The approval must take the form of formal notification of approval from the cooperating IRB if it exists, which is the case at most hospitals and universities and in many school systems, or from the Director or equivalent administrator of an organization without an IRB.
An institution or organization is usually considered as participating in a research project when its staff, facilities, or records of individuals are used in conducting the research. A hospital would be considered as participating in research if, for example, subjects were recruited through its outpatient clinic.
Most school systems have established procedures for gaining access to their students or teachers for research recruitment. In New York City, the Department of Education has established its own IRB. University investigators doing research in NYC schools must have, in addition to UCAIHS approval:
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