Date Approved

2011

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Health Sciences

Committee Member

Irwin Martin, PhD, Chair

Committee Member

Deneil Harney, MPH, MSW

Committee Member

Donna Harsh, MS

Abstract

Background: Emergency clinical research aims to study and develop new treatments for acute injuries and illnesses such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, seizures, and meningitis. While the regulations require that researchers provide information about ways in which individuals wishing to be excluded from a study may indicate this preference, they do not require emergency clinical research investigators to provide specific resources to members of the public who may wish to opt out of the research.

Objectives: We investigated the methods which potential research subjects at a Midwest US university community might use to opt out of emergency clinical researcher. The primary aim of this research was to determine the method which potential emergency research subjects would prefer to use to opt out of emergency clinical research (e.g. by being listed online in a registry, by wearing a bracelet, or through direct communication with the research team).

Methods: Students and staff at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan, were asked to respond to an online survey.

Findings: 218 respondents participated in the survey. The data showed that 43.1% of respondents preferred to opt out by talking to the study team in person, while 39.2% of study respondents preferred opting out online.

Findings: 218 respondents participated in the survey. The data showed that 43.1% of respondents preferred to opt out by talking to the study team in person, while 39.2% of study respondents preferred opting out online.

Comments

Additional committee member: Emily Nicklett, PhD

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