If asked to participate in a research study, it is because your doctor has identified you as having an appropriate medical condition. However, your ability to participate in the study will depend on the results of screening criteria and procedures. Before you can take part in the study, it is important the you understand what the study involves. Your participation in the study is entirely voluntary, and you may choose not to participate without affecting your relationship with the study doctor or study staff. An Institutional Review Board is a group of people who review research studies to protect the rights and welfare of research participants. The Institutional Review Board will approve each study and the study consent.
You will be given information contained within the consent for a study. The consent is very important, it tells you what will happen in the study and what is expected from you if you choose to participate. Read the consent form carefully and make sure you understand it. If you have questions, the study doctor will answer them. Once you have read the study information, and if you agree to take part, you will be asked to sign the consent form. This form says that you have been informed about the study and give your permission to take part in the study.