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Knowledge and Attitudes of Social Behavioral Researchers on Institutional Review Board (IRB) Reviews

  • Korean Journal of Medical Ethics
  • Abbr : 의료윤리
  • 2017, 20(3), pp.287-304
  • DOI : 10.35301/ksme.2017.20.3.287
  • Publisher : The Korean Society For Medical Ethics
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > General Medicine
  • Received : August 11, 2017
  • Accepted : September 6, 2017
  • Published : September 30, 2017

LEE,Go-Eun 1 SANGHEE KIM ORD ID 2 Min-Shik Kim 2 EUI GEUM OH 2

1(재)국가생명윤리정책연구원
2연세대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study is a descriptive survey research to examine knowledge and attitudes of social behavioral researchers on Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews. The data for this study was collected from structured questionnaires sent by email to 650 social behavioral researchers, including graduate students, in South Korea. A total of 165 researchers answered the survey, and 124 of these answer sets were included in the study. The data were analyzed using IBM SPSS/WIN version 21.0. The level of objective knowledge (mean score 16.01±4.04 out of 24; average correct answer 66.7%) and subjective knowledge (39.95±19.81 out of 80) was low. The attitude score was slightly more positive than the norm (3.49±0.56 out of 5). The knowledge and attitudes scores varied in accordance with certain characteristics of the subjects, such as education level, major, research experience, etc. The level of objective knowledge was significantly and positively correlated with both subjective knowledge (r=.327, p<.001) and attitude (r=.221, p=.014). The main findings of this study can be used as a foundation for developing effective educational programs for social behavioral researchers.

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