GetResearchSmart LLC Self-Help Website Experiences Growth

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A comparison of GetResearchSmart LLC website data shows significant increases in visits, page views and popular downloads about human research participation decisions since its launch in April of 2006.

At least eighty-five countries have contributed to traffic since launch.

Recent tallies of GetResearchSmart LLC website traffic show increases of well over five-fold for visits and page views and four-fold for downloads. Average per day May 2006 and September 2010 data were used for comparisons. Popular downloads include: a decision flowchart, consent checklist, investigator declaration and related certificate. The website aims to help those considering research participation learn the basics. It’s a starting point, not a conclusion. At least eighty-five countries have contributed to traffic since launch.

Protection of human research subjects rests, in part, with an individual’s prior consent. What remains unknown about participation, including in clinical trials, may influence consent and/or its consequences.

Absence of prior experience with human research studies is an inherent disadvantage. Although information provided for purposes of seeking informed consent may seem adequate, is it? Will unwarranted concerns unduly inhibit and/or unknown issues inadvertently encourage participation?

The GetResearchSmart LLC website provides entry-level, as-is information, tools and related resources that may be helpful. This online aid aims to help orient prospective research subjects for benefit of all concerned. There’s no registration, collection of private information or fee required for access. Simply visit, explore and learn. It’s that simple. Join those who already have.

This website is designed to bridge the gap between investigators and prospective research subjects, including clinical trial volunteers. As a result, both can and do access the site in pursuit of a basis for mutual understanding and a shared foundation for deciding about participation, including in clinical research. The website neither encourages nor discourages personal decisions for or against participation. Nor does it offer medical advice.

Even those who have participated in research, or those already in a research study, can learn. Numerous institutions, including universities, have linked to the website to augment their own education efforts.

About GetResearchSmart LLC - GRS(sm):
The GRS(sm) website (http://www.getresearchsmart.org) is offered as a free service to the public and offers a Code of Reasonable Expectations (“GRS(sm) Code”), information, self-help tools, and references to other resources primarily for use by those who may but do not yet participate in research and researchers with whom they interact.

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For contact and more information about the GetResearchSmart LLC website, please visit http://www.getresearchsmart.org.

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