Participating in Clinical Trials
Frequently Asked Questions
26. What is informed consent?
Informed consent is an ongoing process that helps you decide whether to enroll in a trial after you have been told all about the study. The informed consent document is an agreement to take part in a trial.
During the first meeting, and in follow-up meetings, the research team will tell you about
- tests or treatments that you may get if you are assigned to the experimental group
- possible risks and benefits of these tests or treatments
- standard tests and treatments available now
- what you need to do, such as take medications at a certain time.
Once you agree to participate in the trial, you must sign the informed consent document. However, it is not a contract. You can leave the trial at any time for any reason.