If you are thinking about being in a research study, remember that participating is completely voluntary. You can choose not to participate, or, if you decide to participate, you can choose to stop participating at any time. The following is information about your rights as a research subject:
As a participant in a research study, you have the right:
1) 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.
2) To refuse to be in the study at all, and to stop participating at any time after you begin the study.
3) 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.
4) To be told about the reasonably foreseeable risks of being in the study.
5) To be told about the possible benefits of being in the study.
6) 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.
7) To be told who will have access to information collected about you, and how your confidentiality will be protected.
8) To be told whom to contact with questions about the research, about research-related injury, and about your rights as a research subject.
9) To be told about the other non-research treatment choices you have.
10) To be told where treatment is available should you have a research-related injury, and who will pay for research-related treatment.