What is Quorum’s policy on cold calls for recruitment?

Quorum Review IRB discourages investigators from recruiting participants with “cold calls” based on information derived from the medical records of another practitioner when the investigator has no prior relationship with the recruits. Instead, Quorum Review IRB recognizes the ability of a practitioner to discuss with his or her own patient the possibility of participating in clinical research studies. When an investigator seeks a HIPAA waiver/partial waiver for recruitment activities that include “cold calls” to potential recruits, Quorum Review IRB prefers that potential recruits be contacted only by individuals who have been actively involved in providing health care to the potential recruits.