Research integrity and quality

The Office of Research Integrity and Quality (ORIQ) is comprised of the CommonSpirit Health Institutional Review Board (CSHRI IRB), Quality Assurance, and Training/Education. These three teams work in tandem to provide support to all our researchers and participants to compliantly manage the regulations around research.

An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee established to review and approve the methodology of research studies involving human subjects.  Its primary purpose is to ensure the safety, rights, and welfare of the participants.  The CommonSpirit Health Research Institute IRB meticulously reviews research proposals to ensure that ethical standards are met and that risks to participants are minimized.  This upholds the integrity of research, promotes ethical standards, and ensures public trust in the research process.


In the landscape of research involving human subjects, ethical considerations stand as an unwavering cornerstone. At the heart of ensuring these considerations is the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the CommonSpirit Health Research Institute. With a steadfast commitment to safeguarding the rights, well-being, and dignity of participants, the IRB plays a pivotal role in upholding the highest standards of research ethics. The IRB has continued to maintain an average turnaround time of 4.8 days for complete submissions and is actively working on streamlining the IRB review process.

Training and Education Team

Training and education team

The training and education team made remarkable strides, establishing the NCORP Hub and onboarding tracks for CRCs. The team also deployed webinars, aided in the transition to Google, and created an internal online presence for the Research Institute. The implementation of training standards and policies, along with instructional videos, contributed to staff development. Despite some pending updates, the team achieved substantial progress in training initiatives.

Quality assurance

The CSHRI quality assurance team is responsible for evaluating the conduct of human subjects research to identify and share our best practices across our organization and to identify areas for improving our systems. As opportunities for improvement are identified, we will:


  • Look across our organization for best practices to make improvements
  • Evaluate and revise our research procedures
  • Develop training and education programs for our research teams


Quality Assurance