To create a new “blank” protocol, select the “Create Blank Protocol” link on the Protocol Management page. You will be directed to add a title and a brief description. If you are transitioning a previously approved protocol into iProtocol, include the IRB-SBS number that was previously assigned to the protocol. The protocol will be issued a new number. Please note this option will only be available for the first year of the system.
You can also create a new protocol using a previously approved protocol as a template by making a “copy” of the protocol. Select the “copy” link below the desired protocol number. In the next page, indicate that the protocol is a new protocol and provide a new title. The copy will have a new number and title but will retain all the text and attached documents from the previous version.
Using the back button won’t undo an action. If you want to undo something, look for the “edit,” “remove,” or “undo” buttons which will help you to remove or edit content.
iProtocol is regularly saving content as you add it into the protocol text boxes but for added measure, you can use the “save” button at the bottom of each text box.
In designing this form, we had to choose between cool formatting tools and more robust data processing and we chose the latter so that we could be more efficient in our reviews. However, the boxes will allow you to paste bulleted lists and numbered lists, as well as retain paragraph breaks, etc. If you want to include bullets or numbers, consider typing your response in a Word document (or similar program) and paste it into the protocol text box.
There are several places where documents can be uploaded to the protocol form. If you need more complicated formatting tools, like tables, create an addendum Word document and upload it in the “Study Overview” section, for example. PDF documents and images can also be uploaded.
The iProtocol guide includes specific guidance for each section of the protocol but here are some general tips to keep in mind as you develop your content.