Improving the Accessibility of Research Ethics Boards for Community‑Based Research in Canada

Investigators: S. Flicker (Co-Principal), R. Travers (Co-Principal), S. Nixon, J. Gahagan, P. O'Campo, C. Mitchell, C. Worthington, L. Binder, M. Wilson, and A. Guta.

The purpose of this research is to facilitate greater access to appropriate ethical review for the Canadian HIV/AIDS-related Community-Based Research (CBR) sector and beyond.

Participants will be involved in interviews of 1 to 2 hours to explore ways of improving the accessibility of REBs for CBR in Canada. We are asking ethics office staff and REB members to reflect on their experiences reviewing CBR protocols, institutional knowledge of CBR, and attitudes towards this type of research. Participants will be asked to speak in generalities (identifying themes, concepts, needs, etc), and not about any specific cases they have been involved in. With their permission, we will audio record the interview for transcription purposes.

Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for $50,000 (August 2009 - August 2011).