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Information for Research Participants

What you should know as a participant

Research participants are people who have agreed to take part in a study as a subject. Participants are protected by ethical principles, laws, and regulations.

Your rights as a research participant

Investigators must respect the following rights of research participants:

  • To have enough time to decide whether or not to be in the research study and to make that decision without any pressure from the people who are conducting the research
  • To refuse to be in the study at all, and to stop participating at any time after the study begins
  • To be told what the study is trying to find out, what will happen to them, and what they will be asked to do if they are in the study
  • To be told about the reasonably foreseeable risks of being in the study
  • To be told about possible benefits of being in the study
  • To be told whether there are any costs associated with being in the study and whether they will be compensated for participating in the study
  • To be told who will have access to information collected about them and how their confidentiality will be protected
  • To be told whom to contact with questions about the research, about research-related injury, and about their rights as a research participant

If the study involves treatment or therapy

  • To be told about the other non-research treatment choices they have
  • To be told where treatment is available should they have a research-related injury, and who will pay for research-related treatment

Have a concern or complaint?

If you have a concern or a complaint related to a study, please contact us and describe the issue: