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Journal of Policy Research in Tourism Leisure and Events ; : 15, 2022.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1852810
J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics ; 17(1-2): 94-101, 2022.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1528663


The problem: Running an efficient institutional review board (IRB) can be challenging. The research subjects: To ensure an efficient committee, our IRB adopted several operational metrics. Methods: Analysis of retrospective data from the IRB records, database, and annual reports over 12 years. Results: The IRB roster comprises 11 members. The average medical to nonmedical member ratio is 5:6, and the male to female ratio is 4:7, which has not been consistent over the years. One thousand three hundred and twenty-four proposals were reviewed including 1077 exempt (81.3%), 126 expedited (9.5%), and 121 full board (9.2%) with a median turnaround time to approval of 4.0, 35.0, and 68.0 days, respectively. Training of the IRB members was conducted to enhance their knowledge and skills. IRB at King Hussein Cancer Center has managed to stay abreast and efficient during the COVID-19 pandemic, by working remotely. Conclusion: Running an efficient IRB mandates implementing a number of operational metrics.

COVID-19 , Neoplasms , Ethics Committees, Research , Female , Humans , Male , Pandemics , Retrospective Studies , SARS-CoV-2