UIHC in-person human subjects research allowed to resume today
In-person research visits occurring in UI Hospitals and Clinics facilities may resume beginning Monday, December 14, 2020, given the following conditions:
Units providing research support such as the Clinical Research Unit (CRU) may be short staffed because of clinical reassignments so we ask for your patience as the resumption of research activities may not occur immediately in these areas.
The following guiding principles should be applied to all research conducted by UI researchers:
Please refer to the OVPR Responding to COVID-19 guidance for additional information. In addition, University of Iowa researchers should follow all institutional requirements as posted on the Campus Coronavirus Updates and guidance documents posted at The Loop. IRB-specific guidance may be found in the COVID-19 Information section of the Human Subjects Office website.
Please address questions to the Office of the Vice President for Research at 319-335-2119 or firstname.lastname@example.org, the Human Subjects Office email@example.com or 319-335-6564, or visit the HSO website at hso.research.uiowa.edu.
Guidelines for In-Person Research Study Visits
*For study visits that will be conducted in person, study teams should contact participants within 24 hours prior to the visit:
*Participants should be asked to report a COVID positive diagnosis to the research team within 14 days from a research visit.
*Research participants should be advised not to bring guests to the visit. Children and adults who require assistance may be accompanied by one caregiver. If a caregiver is present, the caregiver should also be screened.
*Throughout the study visit, including during the screening process, research personnel should follow physical distancing guidelines (i.e., 6 feet of physical distancing), except as necessary to complete required procedures.
*Research related activities should be conducted by a minimum number of necessary people, with time limitations and minimal personnel density.
*Researchers should eliminate traditional waiting and common seating areas and utilize non-traditional alternatives, e.g., call ahead registration, waiting in car until called, moving participant directly to research room, etc.
*Ensure adequate supplies to minimize sharing of high-touch material to the extent possible. Discourage sharing of items that are difficult to clean or disinfect.
*Establish a cleaning procedure between research participants.
Monday, December 14, 2020
Human Subjects Office, Office of the Vice President for Research