To reduce bias by reviewers, all reviewers were experienced members of a research team that received extensive training working with the IERB, as well as working with counselors' and trainees' inner experiences.
The IERB is a 16-page booklet created to enable participants to record their inner experiences at preset intervals during the audiotape review of the counseling session (Wynne et al., 1994; see also Melton, 2002).
The IERB allows 32 counselor and 32 client speaking turns for which participants can record their inner experiences.
From our experiences with the IERB in other research protocols, we believed that 8 to 12 inner experiences would present good illustrations of the types of inner experience within each IERB; reviewers were instructed not to name the type of affect, just to highlight it.
The case study paradigm (Stake, 1994) for data collection and analytic strategy smoothly integrates participant observations (IERBs) and direct observations (session transcripts) into the process.
Thus, the assessment of the IERBs was broken down into three tasks.
When this phase was completed, all IERBs were collected, and 5 to 6 IERBs were then randomly redistributed to each of the reviewers for a second analysis.
Restructuring of Institutional Ethical Review Board (IERB) was done according to ICH and GCP guidelines to protect the rights, safety and well-being of all the humans involved in a clinical trials and research studies.
In order to make clinical research more ethical and according to International Council on Harmonisation (ICH) and Good Clinical Practice (GCP guidelines) the restructuring of an Institutional Ethical Review Board (IERB) was mandatory.