- To have enough time to decide whether or not to be in the research study and to make that decision without any pressure from the people who are conducting the study.
- To refuse to be in the study at all, or to stop participating at any time after you begin the study.
- To be told what the study is trying to find out, what will happen to you, and what you will be asked to do if you are in the study.
- To be told about the reasonably foreseeable risks of being in the study.
- To be told about the possible benefits of being in the study.
- To be told whether there are any costs associated with being in the study and whether you will be compensated for participating in the study.
- To be told who will have access to information collected about you, and how your confidentiality will be protected.
- To be told whom to contact with questions about the research, about research-related injury, and about your rights as a research subject.
- If the study involves treatment or therapy, to be told about the other non-research treatment choices you have.
- To be told where treatment is available should you have a research-related injury, and who will pay for research-related treatment.
Concerns and complaints are taken very seriously and are treated with the utmost respect and all possible confidentiality. If you have questions about your participation in a research study, we encourage you to first contact the Principal Investigator (PI) or other study team member listed at the phone number/email on your consent form or information sheet.
If you remain dissatisfied with the outcome, are unable to receive a response after an appropriate amount of time, or have a concern about your participation that you do not wish to discuss with the PI or study team member, you can contact the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB is a group of scientists, clinicians and lay persons who review each research study before it starts to ensure that the study is well-designed, does not involve unnecessary risks, and ensures the safety of research participants.
You may report a concern or complaint to the IRB by calling 701-231-8995, 1-855-800-6717 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you contact the IRB, please try to have your consent form or study information available because you will be asked to provide information about the particular study.