Question 1: Can a physician or student review patient records for a research project?
Answer 1: Yes, if the physician or student has IRB approval and ethical access to the information via a treatment relationship. That means that records for patients seen in the physician or student's department could be reviewed, but not records for patients seen exclusively in clinics other than the home department.
Question 2: Can I use research informed consents that have not been modified for HIPAA for new research subjects?
Answer 2: No. All research informed consents used for subjects enrolled on or after April 14, 2003, must contain the HIPAA authorization statement in the Confidentiality section.
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