In order to reduce risk when conducting research with sensitive topics or vulnerable populations, HRPPs should consider creating and implementing a distress protocol. In the event that a respondent becomes upset during a data collection activity (e.g., interviews, focus groups), distress protocols assist researchers in identifying various signs of distress. Regardless of the respondent's age, the distress protocol can be a very effective layer of protection for the researchers and their participants. These protocols also easily outline steps to identify each level of distress (e.g., low, moderate, high). This session will review the creation and implementation of distress protocols, conducting training for the researchers and provide examples of research where distress protocols were put into place. This session is pre-recorded.
Explore when a distress protocol should be included
Review components of a distress protocol in order to reduce risk and share examples of when a distress protocol was implemented