Living Human Subjects

A term most commonly used in reference to researchers who are guided by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) process. Human subject refers to a living individual who is asked to contribute personal information to a research project; this individual may also be considered a research participant by an investigator or researcher (that is, the interviewer or project director). Human subjects and the data (that is, the stories) collected from them can contribute to a broader study of a topic.

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