The IRB is in place to protect the rights of patients participating in research trials, either clinical or social. Whether you plan on conducting a survey in the outpatient clinic or a drug study on the inpatient wards, you will need to have your research study approved through the UAMS IRB.
The UAMS IRB system is named CLARA. Although the IRB process can be long and tedious at points, the UAMS CLARA system has gone a long way in streamlining the process and making submission as easy as possible for all researchers.
To get started with a submission, you will need to log into CLARA using your UAMS username and password. The CLARA system is integrated with other UAMS systems, so there is no need to register for another account. Upon entering the system, you will first need to create a new submission:
You can now choose to enter a:
See also: Primer for Submitting Health Professions Education Research to the IRB from Academic Medicine
If you choose to start a new study, it is best to gather the information you will need before beginning to fill in the IRB request as this will make the process faster and easier. The CLARA system will walk you through a number of questions related to your study and also require the basic outline of your study and any funding sources. A basic list of what you will need before you begin is below:
Once all your information is entered, the study will go to review by the IRB staff. If they find any details missing, you will be notified about what needs to be added. Once all elements are in place, the submission can then be signed and submitted for a full review by the IRB board.
Some helpful pages:
Not sure if your study is or is not Human Research? Access the CLARA system and fill out a Human Subject Research (HSR) Determination Request. It's the quick and easy way to be sure you are doing the right thing. This form will walk you through:
IRB staff will review the HSR Determination and let you know quickly if your project needs to be placed into CLARA for a full IRB review or not.
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