Equitable Selection of Research Participants Guidance

Version Date: November 19, 2015

UW–Madison IRBs evaluate whether the selection of research participants is equitable when determining whether to approve research, or any changes to research. To make this assessment, IRBs will consider the following:

Additional General Consideration for Participant Selection

When research involves vulnerable participants, or those vulnerable to coercion or undue influence, the IRB may consider the following to determine whether the population is suitable, and whether the burdens of research are being distributed equitably.

Additional Considerations When Recruiting Participants for Clinical Research

When designing recruitment plans for participants involved in clinical research, Investigators should also be aware of the following: