Navigating the Research Ethics Board (REB) Process

Where does my project fit in?

Here are some questions you may wish to consider when figuring out which REB forms you need to submit for your project.

Does your study investigate:

  • A falsifiable hypothesis, empirically?
  • A more open-ended research question, qualitatively?
  • Whether a service meets a predetermined standard?
  • The extent to which a service works and doesn't work, without reference to a predetermined standard?

if qualitative

Are the questions you wish to ask participants of a possibly distressing nature? (ie. Asking someone about their plans for assisted dying vs. asking someone if they found a program's scholarly sessions to be an appropriate length)

  • Fairly distressing
  • Mildly distressing
  • Not particularly distressing
  • Not sure

Is your project retrospective or will it require the active collection of new data?

  • Retrospective
  • New data

Does your project involve a new treatment such as a therapy, drug, device, or other change in care?

  • Yes
  • No

if yes to the above

Are there possible dangerous side-effects to the treatment?

  • Yes
  • No

Does your project involve controls and randomization?

  • Yes
  • No

Does your project involve vulnerable populations such as children, or older adults with dementia?

  • Yes
  • No

 

Based on your answers, you may find that: 
  1. Your study will require full board REB review – see TAHSN Form under REB Forms, and follow the “Full board instructions”
  2. Your study will require delegated REB review – see TAHSN Form under REB Forms, and follow the “Delegated instructions”
  3. Your project falls into the category of clinical audit; as such, it does not require REB review, but a shorter application process – see the following form: Clinical Audit or Service Evaluation Form
  4. Your project falls into the category of service evaluation; as such, it does not require REB review, but a shorter application process – see the following form: Clinical Audit or Service Evaluation Form.

If you have any questions, please email reb.mgh.tehn@tehn.ca, and we would be glad to answer your questions!

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