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Dropping a Research Procedure

Feb 1, 2013 at 12:00am

Dear Quick Tips,

I received IRB approval 4 months ago for my dissertation research. I'm studying stress and study habits in Introductory Psych students. One part of my research involved having the students take a survey at the beginning and end of the quarter.

I ought to be a subject in my own study! I've tried everything but I just can't get seem to get the SurveyMonkey website to show the survey correctly. So I'm giving up on the survey part of my study. Rather than bother your office with a Modification, I'm going to just drop the survey.

Sad SurveyMonkey


Dear Sad,

Please DO send us a Modification! We really need to prospectively review and approve the removal of ANY research procedure or group of subjects (except when necessary to eliminate apparent immediate hazards to subjects). I can tell that dropping the survey will benefit you (and your stress levels), but our review needs to look at whether the removal changes the risk/benefit analysis of your research.

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