Joining a research study is a personal decision and is your choice.

Participant Rights

As a research participant, you have the right to:

  • be treated in a caring and polite way
  • have enough time to decide whether or not to take part in the research study, and to make that decision without pressure from study personnel
  • refuse to join the study, or to stop participating at any time
  • be informed of the study purpose, what you are being asked to do, and what will happen
  • be told about reasonably foreseeable risk
  • be told about possible benefits of participation
  • be told about any costs you may incur and whether you will be compensated
  • be told who will have access to the information collected about you
  • be provided a contact who can answer questions about the research, research-related injuries, and your rights as a research participant

If the study involves treatment or therapy:

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

Questions to Ask Before Paerticipating in a Research Study

  • Why is the research being done?
  • What will you have to do?
  • Where will you have to go to participate?
  • What are risks of participation?
  • What are the benefits of participation?
  • How will your privacy and identifiable information be protected?
  • Will your participation cost you anything?
  • Will you be compensated for your participation?
  • Who can you contact with questions or concerns?

OHRP Information

The Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has additional information for anyone interested in becoming a research volunteer.