Health literacy is defined as "the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions." Do you and your researchers do your part to improve communication practices to optimize participant comprehension?

Recently, PRIM&R hosted a webinar titled Health Literacy: Fostering Comprehension in Research and Clinical Care, presented by Cynthia Baur, PhD, senior advisor for health literacy and the senior official for the Plain Writing Act, Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); Laurie Myers, MBA, [...] Read more


Dahron JohnsonAt the end of the day—or at least the end of this day, one spent considering contemporary issues in biobanking—I can’t help but ask. Let me give some perspective, though, on how I got here.

On one side, there is a concern about subjecting others (subjecting ourselves?) to some less or more tolerable "regime of governance" in the biobanking process. Those regimes, though, take on greater and [...] Read more


Mina BuschAt last year’s PRIM&R Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference, John Wilbanks, chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks, enlightened us all with his talk "Informed Consent in the Mobile Era" on the possibilities of technology utilization in research. At the 2015 AER Conference’s "Moving Targets: The Challenges of Responsible Mobile Health (mHealth) Research" session, we got to see some examples of this mobile era that have built on and expanded the use of technology. [...] Read more


The research world, and inevitably PRIM&R’s 2015 Advancing Ethical Research Conference (AER15), is abuzz with the proposed changes to the common rule. As most people are wondering what exactly these potential changes could mean for their research organizations, the question becomes "Are we ready?"

There is much to be said about single IRB review, but as P. Pearl O'Rourke, MD, pointed out during the pre-conference presentation "Single IRBs Are Here: Are You Ready?", up to this point it has been voluntary to participate in a reliance agreement with another institution or organization. What the new rule will force is a relationship that many institutions lack the infrastructure [...] Read more

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