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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a clinical research study?
A clinical research study, also called a clinical trial, is a study in human
volunteers to answer specific health questions. Interventional trials determine
whether experimental treatments or new ways of using known therapies are safe and
effective under controlled conditions. Observational trials address health issues
in large groups of people or populations in large studies.
What is informed consent?
Informed consent is the dialogue between potential participants and researchers
that takes place before anyone decides whether to take part in a study. This
process of communication should be free of pressure or rushing, should include
all key information and a chance to ask questions and have them answered. Informed
consent can be more than just a one-time conversation. As a study goes on,
participants can renew their agreement to be in the study, and they can also
decide to quit without penalty. The important thing is open and clear communication.
The Informed Consent Document (ICD) is the form participants sign to agree
to be in the study. The ICD includes details about the study, such as its
purpose, duration, required procedures, risk, benefits, and who to contact
for further information. The ICD is not a contract. Participants do not give up
any legal rights by signing an ICD. Participants are free to withdraw at any time.