Your Rights as a Research Participant

It is important to understand your rights as a research participant:

  • To know why the research study is being done.
  • To know what will happen during the research study.
  • To know whether any study procedures, drugs, or devices are different from standard medical care.
  • If the study involves treatment or therapy:
  • To be told about the other non-research treatment choices you have.
  • To be told where treatment is available should you have a research-related injury, and who will pay for research-related injury treatment.
  • To be told the risks, side effects, and discomforts from taking part in the study.
  • To be told the possible benefits from taking part in the study.
  • To be told whether there are any costs associated with being in the study and whether you will be compensated for participating in the study.
  • To be told who will have access to information collected about you, and how your confidentiality will be protected.
  • To be told whom to contact with questions about the research, about research-related injury, and about your rights as a research subject.
  • To have enough time to decide whether or not to be in the research study.
  • To be able to decide not to take part in the study, or decide to drop out, at any time. Your decision will not affect your right to the usual care not related to the study.
  • If you are enrolled in a course or student participant pool, be aware that course credit is available by alternative method(s).
  • To ask questions at any time.
  • To receive a copy of the consent form.