The purpose of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) Research Committee (RC) is to oversee, develop, and promote research activities at SJMHS. It facilitates research throughout the hospital by requiring representatives from multiple departments to serve on the committee. It works concurrently with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure that all ethical principals regarding research are maintained. The RC is primarily focused on the scientific merits and financial aspects of research.
The RC sets SJMHS policy and procedures for clinical research activities. The committee critically analyzes and evaluates the research programs and activities at SJMHS. Disbursement of research funds is conducted in accordance with policies associated with each fund. Criteria evaluated include study objectives, resources, costs, plans for study management and other relevant aspects. Quality improvement activity is monitored and reviewed as well.