When might I need a partial waiver for recruitment purposes?

An investigator may need to obtain, use, or disclose PHI in the course of recruitment activities without first obtaining a written authorization. For example: an investigator wants to conduct telephone screens of potential study participants who are responding to an advertising campaign; an investigator (who is not a member of the workforce of the covered entity) wishes to record PHI obtained from patient charts and then contact those patients to determine if they may be interested in enrolling in the research. Quorum Review IRB encourages investigators to seek partial waivers in conjunction with such recruitment activities.