Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

COVID – Research Restart

Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing (LSBFON) Guidelines for Research Restart and Recovery

Introduction

The University of Toronto is beginning the process of research restart and recovery. All researchers should become familiar with:

The LBSFON will follow the University of Toronto’s Approach for Research Recovery and Adaptation. This plan reflects the Province of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening Ontario. This approach places the health, safety and security of all at the centre of decisions about restarting research. The timeline and guidelines for implementation of each stage will be coordinated by the LSBFON following Provincial and University direction. The LSBFON and the University may make faculty or institutional decisions if necessary to address public health concerns or institutional directions. This may result in revisions or update to this document.

Research requiring face-to-face contact with human participants (updated August 4, 2020)

The University of Toronto recognizes that the concept of minimal risk has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. New research and previously approved research that involves face-to-face contact with human participants may begin with approval from the REB and the researcher’s primary department.

Step 1. New protocols and amendments to previously approved research. Ethical considerations around face to face research may have changed. Researchers should consult the U of T Guidance for the Recovery of Human Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic , including informed consent language that should be added to informed consent documents and processes. Researchers must also complete the Face-to-Face Human Research Checklist and attach it to the Document Summary section of their University of Toronto REB to confirm that University policies and procedures will be followed. 

Step 2. Once REB approval is received, researchers should submit their full REB protocol, REB approval and either the Bloomberg Nursing On-campus research restart request form or the Bloomberg Nursing Off-campus research restart request form to research.nursing@utoroto.ca. Doctoral students or post-doctoral fellows must submit the Bloomberg Nursing PhD and PDF declaration form.

Please see COVID-19 FAQs 3.1 and 3.2 for more information about restarting human research or initiating new studies.

The University has provided context for COVID-19 wording on consent documents.

Researchers should evaluate risk of their subject populations, particularly vulnerable populations, using the University’s Guidance for the Recovery of Human Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Waakebiness Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health is developing guidelines for conducting research specifically in Indigenous populations.

Research at TAHSN Hospitals

Researchers should follow the direction of TASN hospitals for research conducted under their auspices. (FAQ 3.1). 

Off-Campus Research

Researchers conducting off-campus research (including at hospitals, clinics) where REB was obtained will be bound by the REB directives and regulations of those sites. The public health directives of these sites or facilities must be followed and if permission from the site is required, it must be granted and provided to the Associate Dean, Research & External Relations before proceeding with research. In order to resume research at a third party site, REB approval from the off-campus site must be obtained and provided to the Associate Dean, Research & External Relations.

Oversight

Faculty and institutional oversight of adherence to the guidelines will be in place and deficiencies may lead to suspension of the permit to perform in person activities.

Safety concerns can be reported to the LSBFON research office (research.nursing@utoronto.ca).

Access Request Forms

Bloomberg Nursing On-campus research restart request form

Bloomberg Nursing Off-campus research restart request form

Bloomberg Nursing PhD and PDF declaration form

Resources

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