Office of Human Research Ethics SOP 4401: Survey Research


Office of Human Research Ethics SOP 4401: Survey Research

1. Survey Research

The IRB should pay particular attention to the following issues in survey research:

  • Possibility of undue influence in administration of the survey;
  • Possibility of deductive disclosure based on demographic information garnered from subjects (subject confidentiality and privacy must be protected);
  • The setting of the survey and the issues raised by such a setting; and
  • The mode of obtaining consent, especially when implied consent is to be used. Surveys may often involve a waiver of written consent, and in these instances, attention should be paid to the oral presentation of required elements of consent (e.g., review of phone script for telephone surveys).

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