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Table 1 Malaria study proposals submitted to the FTM-EC during the study period

From: Ethical considerations in malaria research proposal review: empirical evidence from 114 proposals submitted to an Ethics Committee in Thailand

Study characteristic All studies Biomedical Drug trial Laboratory Epidemiology
n = 114 n = 19 n = 15 n = 28 n = 52
n % n % n % n % n %
Types of malaria
 Plasmodium falciparum 43 37.7 4 21.1 9 60.0 6 21.4 24 46.2
 Plasmodium vivax 23 20.2 5 26.3 3 20.0 4 14.3 11 21.2
 P. falciparum/P. vivax 23 20.2 5 26.3 3 20.0 7 25.0 8 15.4
 Other 7 6.1 0 0.0 0 0.0 6 21.4 1 1.9
 Unspecified 18 15.8 5 26.3 0 0.0 5 17.9 8 15.4
Study type
 International 5 4.4 1 5.3 1 6.7 0 0.0 3 5.8
 Multi-centre/-site study 15 13.2 3 15.8 8 53.3 0 0.0 4 7.7
 Required other IRB review 35 30.7 8 42.1 11 73.3 7 25.0 9 17.3
Vulnerable subject involvement
 Minority (border areas) 32 28.1 9 47.4 10 66.7 7 25.0 6 11.5
 Pregnant women 8 7.0 1 5.3 0 0.0 0 0.0 7 13.5
 Children 19 16.7 4 21.1 2 13.3 7 25.0 6 11.5
 Unconscious patients 2 1.8 1 5.3 0 0.0 0 0.0 1 1.9
 Elderly 2 1.8 0 0.0 0 0.0 1 3.6 1 1.9
  1. FTM-EC Faculty of Tropical Medicine Ethics Committee and IRB institutional review board