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How IRBs make decisions: should we worry if they disagree?
  1. Sharon Kaur
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sharon Kaur, Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;kaursh{at}

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There is at present, far too little empirical research into the actual decision-making process of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and it is sobering to be reminded by Robert Klitzman's article that while theoretical debates might rage and prove fertile ground for new theories and better ways of approaching research ethics; ethics committee members must try to make sense of these concepts and apply them in very practical situations.1 Klitzman provides important insights into the …

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