Your Rights as a Research Participant

Should I volunteer as a Research Participant?

The decision whether or not to participate in research is an important one. One that is entirely up to you. Below are some resources to give you more information that may help you decide:

Becoming a Research Volunteer Information from the federal Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) about what research is, why it is important, points to consider and questions you should ask if you are considering taking part in a research study.
Why Volunteer Information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about what clinical trials are, how to find out about clinical trials, some ways that research participants are protected, what happens in clinical trials, and other general information for those thinking about participating in research.

What are My Rights If I Take Part in Research?

At McLaren Health Care, we recognize the importance of your decision whether or not to take part in a research study. Your participation is voluntary and you may choose not to participate or to stop your participation at any time.

If you choose to take part in a research study/clinical trial, you have the following rights:

  1. To be free of pressure of force when considering whether or not to participate.
  2. To be given time to decide if being in the study is right for you and to ask questions about the study before and during your participation.
  3. To refuse to participate in the study/clinical trial, and to stop participating at any time after you begin the study, with no effect on your right to usual care not related to research.
  4. To be told why the study/clinical trial is being done, what will happen while you are in the study, and what you will be asked to do.
  5. To be told the risks, side effects, or discomforts that are possible if you take part in the study.
  6. To be told if any medical treatment is available to you if complications or injuries occur you while you are in the study and who will pay for such treatment.
  7. To be told whether there is any cost to you and whether you will receive any reimbursement for taking part in the study.
  8. To be told what other choices you have that are not research.
  9. To be told who will have access to information collected about you, and how your confidentiality will be protected.
  10. To be told who you can with questions about the research and your rights as a research participant.
  11. To receive a copy of your signed Informed Consent form.