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<p>Researchers analyzed minutes of IRB meetings for 33 protocols that were approved in 2019. All 33 protocols required at least two full board reviews before approval. They also evaluated 244 protocols that were reviewed faster. Most delays were attributed to protocols that did not adequately describe the research. Some consent documents are incomprehensible to people without medical backgrounds. Safety risks, duration, and allocation of cost sometimes are unclear. All this requires feedback from the IRB, to which researchers must respond.</p>

Quality Improvement Project Reveals Reasons for Long IRB Approval Process