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ClinicalTrials.gov - What is Informed Consent?


Question: What is informed consent?
Answer:
  • - Your participation in any clinical trial is voluntary. Before you volunteer to participate, you will receive an informed consent document that explains the details of the study, including the potential risks and benefits, as well as your rights and responsibilities.

  • - A member of the research team will discuss the study with you and answer your questions so you can make an informed decision about whether or not to participate. In addition, you have the right to ask questions throughout the course of the study and may withdraw consent (stop) at any time.

  • - Since the decision to volunteer for a clinical trial is a personal one, you should decide in close consultation of your health care provider, family members, and friends.

  • - Additional Resource Information on clinical trials can be found at http://clinicaltrials.gov/info/resources

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