BMC Medical Ethics 16 (1):63 (2015)

Institutional review boards distinguish health care quality improvement and health care quality improvement research based primarily on the rigor of the methods used and the purported generalizability of the knowledge gained. Neither of these criteria holds up upon scrutiny. Rather, this apparently false dichotomy may foster under-protection of participants in QI projects and over-protection of participants within QIR
Keywords Ethics, Research  Research subjects  Ethics, committees research  Health services research  Quality improvement  Quality improvement research  Ethics, clinical  Informed consent  Waiver of informed consent  Learning health care systems
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DOI 10.1186/s12910-015-0056-2
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