Clinical care is provided in a team approach because each member of the inter-professional
team has valuable input to contribute to the care of patients. Clinical research is no different in that the
construction of a research study is stronger if the right contributors are involved in the development
stages. Having a peer-driven facilitative review process in place allows for proposed clinical research
studies to be reviewed by all of these inter-professional colleagues that are focused on the professional
significance, clinical significance, logistics, and protection of human subjects. Implementing this review
process prior to submitting a research protocol to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) reduces the need
to clarify study methods and revise supplemental study documents once they have been submitted to the IRB for approval.
Keywords: Clinical research, clinical significance, IRB, logistics.
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