It is essential to be well-informed before you agree to participate in health research or a clinical study. Every study is going to have different benefits and risks associated with it. The following is a brief list of questions you may want to ask before agreeing to participate.
- What kind of study is this?
- Why are you conducting this study?
- Why would I make a good study participant?
- Where does the study take place (by phone, via mobile app, at a medical clinic)?
- What will I need to do (fill out a survey, donate biological samples such as blood or saliva, participate in a focus group, try a new medical treatment)?
- Does this study involve a new medication or a medical device? If so, are there any side effects?
- Is the treatment available outside of the study?
- Where will the results of the study be shared for me to learn about later?
Usually, these types of questions are answered in the informed consent document or study information sheets, but do not be afraid to ask if you still have questions.