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Consent and IRB for Malawi SPA [message #13616] Wed, 29 November 2017 15:47 Go to next message
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What was the consent procedure for the observations and exit interviews performed in the Malawi SPA 2013-14? I see in the report, there are consent forms for the manager/person in charge and for the health care worker interviews, but not for the exit interviews or labor observations. In addition, which IRBs approved the protocol?

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Re: Consent and IRB for Malawi SPA [message #13638 is a reply to message #13616] Wed, 06 December 2017 14:20 Go to previous message
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A response from SPA survey specialist, Dr. Hamdy Moussa:

Dear Stephanie,

Informed consent obtained from both the providers and the clients before interviews/observations. The informed consent is standard and includes information on the voluntary nature of their participation, on how data will be kept confidential, and on the right of refusal of the interviewee to continue the interview or to ask the observer to cease the observation. Before observations (antenatal care, family planning, sick children and normal delivery) interviewers read the consent statements to providers. If providers give consent to the observation, observers sign on behalf of providers. Likewise, clients are read the consent statements before observations and before exit interviews and the interviewer signs on their behalf as proof that the consent form was read and that they obtained consent for the observation/exit interview.

Forms attached for all survey tools.

ICF International complies with the Department of Health and Human Services regulations for the protection of human research subjects. As part of this compliance, an Institutional Review Board (IRB) has been established to review all research involving human subjects. Standard Service Provision Assessment (SPA) survey protocols are approved by ICF Institutional Review Board (IRB).



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