IRBs must consider the value of the research to advance science and reduce suffering. At the same time, IRBs must consider the potential for harm based on the unique vulnerabilities of disaster survivors in the aftermath.
Pandemics, economic recessions, natural disasters, and other crises can lead to increases in intimate partner violence or domestic violence for a variety of reasons. Women and children are particularly vulnerable when disasters such as COVID-19 strike.
A frantic woman runs up to an ED registrar after a mass shooting to ask, “Is my son here?” Many registrars believe that if they answer this simple question, it’s a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. This belief isn’t correct, says Kirk J. Nahra, JD, an attorney specializing in healthcare compliance at Wiley Rein in Washington, DC.
After receiving treatment at a hospital for an infection of his heel bone, a young boy was discharged with instructions for his mother to administer antibiotics several times a day for the next three weeks.