Bill of Rights for Research Participants
As a participant in a research study, you have the right:
- 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 you begin the study.
- To be told what the study is trying to find out, what will happen to you, and what you will be asked to do if you are in the study.
- To be told about the reasonably foreseeable risks of being in the study.
- To be told about the possible benefits of being 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. 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 treatment.