COVID-19 continues to change the research landscape, with study interactions and data collection moving toward remote models. While there are clear benefits to these changes, such as mitigating public health risks, permitting research to continue, and promoting participant autonomy, they also bring challenges. A significant roadblock researchers face is conducting effective participant safety monitoring at a distance.
Since most interactions with participants were conducted face-to-face prior to COVID-19, researchers must consider how remote study visits can impact participant monitoring, as well as adopt techniques to safely conduct data monitoring. Additionally, institutional review boards (IRBs) must assess these new procedures to ensure adequacy.
To read more about design and IRB review of safety monitoring plans, read the full article on Advarra’s website.