Social Media for Research Recruitment: Ethical and Practical Aspects

Thursday, October 26
Presentation: 2:00-3:00pm ET
Q&A: 3:00-3:15pm ET

Social media continues to prove a promising recruitment mechanism for clinical research, but there is still a lack of regulatory and ethical guidance available to guide the design and review of social media recruitment techniques. In this webinar, Luke Gelinas, Senior Researcher at Harvard Law School's Petrie-Flom Center and Schulman IRB member, addresses ethical and practical issues involved with social media recruitment, advancing a practical method for IRB review of social media strategies, using case studies to illustrate how ethical principles can be applied, and identifying and providing strategies for navigating potentially novel aspects of social media recruitment.       

Presentation Objectives
In this free webinar, attendees will:

  • Briefly review the empirical literature on social media’s effectiveness as a research recruitment tool
  • Learn how to utilize sound methodology for designing and reviewing social media recruitment techniques
  •  Understand how the ethical principles of respect for privacy and investigator transparency apply in the social media context
  • Understand potentially novel aspects of social media recruitment, including compliance with website policies and ‘Terms of Use,’ recruiting from the online networks of current or potential participants, and managing online participant communication   
Who Should Attend
  • IRBs members
  • Sponsor representatives
  • Research site representatives
  • Research coordinators
  • Other research professionals involved in design or review of social media recruitment techniques

Certificates of attendance are available for this event. The presentation may qualify for continuing education credits; check with your certifying organization(s) for more information.



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