Informed consent is a process that explains the important facts about a specific clinical
trial. The goal is to protect potential people involved in the study. All the details
of the clinical trial will be shared with you before you agree to be in it. You will
be told things like:
What will be studied and how
What treatments and medical tests will be used as part of the study
What information will be collected
Your rights, including your right to leave the study at any time
All the treatment options that might be right for you
Who is on the research team and their contact information
This information may be found in
the clinical trial protocol. This is the action plan or guidelines that must be followed
during the course of any study. Several research centers may be involved in the study.
Each center uses the same protocols to make sure that information from all centers
be combined and compared.
After discussing all the details with you, you'll be asked to sign the consent form.
Signing it means that you understand the clinical trial plan and agree to take part
in the study.