Federal human subject research regulations (rules) require that research study participants be fully informed about the research study prior to making a decision about enrolling. This process is called informed consent.
A consent form is a document that is presented to you prior to making your decision so that you understand what the study/trial involves.
Consent forms are intended to be written in understandable language and explain:
- That the project is research and is voluntary
- The background and purpose of the study
- What is required if you decide to participate
- What risks and discomforts are involved
- What benefits are involved
- What the alternatives to participating are
- How your personal information will be protected from others
- Costs of the research
- Compensation for participation and for any injuries that may occur in the study
- Who to contact if you are injured during the study or if you have any questions
It is very important for you to read the entire consent form and then ask any questions that you may have so that you can be fully informed about the study or trial and make the most well informed decision about whether to participate.
It is also very important that you do not feel pressured or expected to participate, as participation in research is completely voluntary.
Oftentimes, you can take the consent form home to review and discuss with your friends or family members before deciding to participate, so always ask if you can!
Scott & White is committed to making sure that every research participant has a good understanding of their study.
If you decide to participate in a research study or clinical trial, you should NEVER throw the consent form away, as it is your guide to the study and contains valuable information about what the study involves and who to contact in case of questions or emergencies.
If you have any questions or concerns about informed consent, please call 254-215-9025.