Is Facebook Hurting Your Study? Ethical and Study Integrity Concerns When Participants Use Social Media – February 10, 2015

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February 10, 2015 Is Facebook Hurting Your Study? Ethical and Study Integrity Concerns When Participants Use Social Media

With the ever-increasing use of social media, study participants are just one of many groups starting to connect online. The proliferation of interactions and opportunities for inter-subject communication have raised concerns among researchers and research sponsors that discussion of adverse events and the perceived efficacy of investigational drugs could introduce bias in the conduct of clinical studies. Comparison of trial experiences and personal information (for example, the taste of study drug) can even lead to inadvertent or intentional unblinding during studies.

During this session, our speakers will:

– Discuss the benefits and challenges of study participant communication through social media platforms

– Explore implications for study conduct and data validity when participants share study experiences

– Review specific tools and techniques for participant education, including the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation’s (CISCRP) “Speak Out, but Speak Smart” website and videos

Speakers:

Lindsay McNair, MD, MPH, MSB, Chief Medical Officer & President, Consulting Services, WIRB-Copernicus Group

Elizabeth A. Buchanan, PhD, Endowed Chair & Director, Center for Applied Ethics and IRB Leadership Director Research Services, University of Wisconsin

R. Bert Wilkins, JD, MHA, CIP, Executive IRB Chair, Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB)

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