4. How are people recruited to participate in research studies?

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) oversees recruitment of research participants to ensure that participation is voluntary and recruitment methods are appropriate for the proposed study, with minimal risk of individuals being coerced or unduly influenced to participate. A variety of methods are used for recruiting, including posting physical flyers, advertising studies in newspapers and/or on social media, radio announcements, email invitations sent to groups or organizations, and verbal announcements at meetings or in classes.

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