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  • Consent is the First Step

  • Research and Human Subject Protections

    What is the IRB?

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    You (or your representative) must give permission to participate in a research study. You may not be in a study without your knowledge and consent. A consent form may appear complex because it is important that you have all the information needed to make a decision. A consent form must contain the following:

    • an invitation to be a part of the research project
    • an explanation of why the study is being done
    • a statement about the company or agency that is funding the study, if there is one
    • detailed information about any risks of he treatment as well as any benefits of participating in the study
    • information about other treatments that might be available if you choose not to be a part of the study
    • identify who will have access to your personal health information and who will be able to use the information obtained by the study
    • identify whom you may ask for more information about the study or about your rights as a participant in the study