Phase 1 Preliminary Results – Survey of Publicly Available Research Ethics Resources at State and Territorial Departments of Health Michelle Conklin, B.S.1 Jenna Mullet1 David Perlman, Ph.D.1,2 1University of Pennsylvania 2University of the Sciences, Philadelphia
What is Project Phobos? • Phobos is one of the moons of Mars. • But it also stands for: • Public health (the Ph) • Behavioral (the B) • Social (the S) • Project Phobos will concentrate on research on these three areas of science and health.
Introduction • Parsing public health activities into human subjects research (which requires Institutional Review Board (IRB) oversight) and practice (which does not) can be vexing(Perlman, 2008).
Guidance Can Help • The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) have guidance to help.
Much Is Unknown • Much is unknown about how states and territories distinguish research from practice, including: • who makes the determination; • the extent of awareness and use of CDC and CSTE guidance; and • what infrastructure, policies, and procedures exist.
Methods • Using public information, we determined how many states and territories operate an IRB and have federalwide assurances (FWAs). • We also searched state and territory Departments of Health websites for mention of research versus practice information.
Conclusions • This data might indicate lack of awareness of this public health issue. • This preliminary analysis helps to answer some of our research questions; however, conducting quantitative and qualitative surveys will help confirm these preliminary results and provide more detail.
Data Available Online Our results and data are publicly available at http://sites.google.com/site/projphobos.
Questions and Contact Information David Perlman, Ph.D. Visiting Professor, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia Senior Lecturer, Penn Nursing Associate, Penn Center for Bioethics email@example.com 215-266-9196 • Interested in collaborations and ideas on funding Phase 2 of this project