Informed Consent in Medical Research
The informed consent process was established to help protect people involved in medical research studies. This process requires researchers to fully explain and discuss the study with people who are thinking about enrolling. By helping people understand the study in detail, the informed consent process allows them to make the best decision possible about their participation.
After reading the consent form, you will be able to talk to the Study Doctor and ask questions. If you choose to enroll in the study, you will sign the text version of the consent form to verify that the information was explained to your satisfaction, and that you'd like to participate.
Your consent, or decision to continue, is completely voluntary. You should make the decision that is best for YOU, and not feel pressured by friends, family members, or your healthcare providers. The research team knows that this is a very important decision, and they will support you in whatever you decide.
The informed consent process is an ongoing process. If you enter a study, you will continue to receive any new information about your treatment that may affect your willingness to stay in the study. Signing a consent form does not bind you to the study. You can still choose to leave the study at any time.