What is informed consent?
Informed consent is the process oflearning important facts about the research study before you decide whether ornot to volunteer. If you agree to volunteer, it should be based on a clearunderstanding of what will take place in the study and how it might affect you.
Informed consent begins when theresearch staff explains the study to you. These facts include details about thestudy, tests or procedures you may receive, the benefits and risks that couldresult, and your rights as a research volunteer.
Once your questions have been answered andyou fully understand the facts about the research study, you will be asked tosign an “informed consent form.” You should take your time when you read theinformed consent form. If you have any questions, ask the research staff toexplain. It may be helpful to talk with family members, friends, or your healthcare providers before you make a decision.