Participant Rights


Every person asked to be in a research study has rights.


You have the right:

  • To be told why the study is being done.
  • To be told what will happen to you during the study (including the procedures, activities, tests, or treatments).
  • To be told what the possible risks, side effects, or discomforts of participating are.
  • To be told what the benefits of being in the study are, if any.
  • To be told what other choices you have and the risks and benefits of these choices.
  • To be told what will happen if you are injured in the study. 
  • To be told how your privacy will be protected.
  • To be given time to decide if being in the study is right for you and to ask questions about the before and during your participation. 
  • To refuse to participate. Being in any study is voluntary. You can also change your mind even after you start the study. You decision will not affect your relationship with the researcher.
  • To receive a copy of the consent form after you sign it. 
  • To be free of pressure or force when considering whether or not to participate.

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