The University Medical Center of Southern Nevada (UMC) Institutional Review Board (IRB) frequently receives queries regarding whether publishing a case report or case series constitutes human subjects research and therefore requires IRB review. Also, many journals now require a letter, or other acknowledgement, from an IRB prior to publication of a case report. Specifically, the journals wish to know whether prospective IRB approval was obtained or was not required for the case or cases described. The UMC IRB has adopted a policy designed to provide guidance on when publications/presentations of case reports/series constitute research and require prospective IRB review and approval. Below is the UMC IRB Guidance and Policy for case report/series, a submission worksheet to assist in submitting to the IRB for review and a UMC Case Report/Series Consent form (if applicable).

For questions regarding a case report/series please contact the IRB in person, by phone or email:

Institutional Review Board
University Medical Center of Southern Nevada
Institutional Review Board
1800 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Telephone: 702-383-7336
 Fax: 702-383-2477

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