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Concerns to consider in reviewing web studies
Internet research expert offers advice
Internet technology and its impact on society have evolved so quickly in recent years that researchers and IRBs lag far behind in their efforts to understand and use this new forum.
IRBs need to understand the different kinds of Internet research they're likely to see in protocols, as well as how this type of research might change the informed consent process, says Elizabeth Buchanan, PhD, director of the center for information policy research in the school of information studies at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI.
Buchanan suggests IRBs consider these questions and concerns: