Vulnerability relates to the ability to understand, protect, and advocate for one’s own interest. This ability can vary based upon social, economic, or cultural context, subjecting many people to risk related to their marginalized status. In order to accurately assess risk and benefit, IRB’s therefore need to specifically consider the situational vulnerabilities of the proposed research participants and ensure it has sufficient expertise and cultural competence to review. This session will be hosted in Zoom and attendees are encouraged use the video and audio features to actively participate in the dialogue.
Define and apply the concept of situational vulnerability.
Identify characteristics that can impact situational vulnerability in the research context (e.g., homelessness, substance use, sexual orientation and gender identify, undocumented status)
Review additional risks that may affect these marginalized populations (e.g., violence, discrimination, depression, suicide)
Consider appropriate additional protections related to situational vulnerabilities of the research population (e.g., payment and undue influence, recruitment, maintaining contact with subjects, confidentiality, stigmatization of research subjects)