What is the purpose of the study?
You should have a clear understanding of what questions are being addressed and how the
information will be used to better understand or treat the illness or symptoms under
What are the risks?
Will I have to stop my current treatment (particularly medications)?
Is there a possibility that I will be given a placebo?
Is the study being conducted as a single- or double-blind procedure?
What follow-up care can I expect when my study participation terminates?
How will this affect my daily life?
Will I have to be hospitalized as part of the study?
What are the benefits I can expect to receive from participation in this study?
How will informed consent be assured?
What information will I be given about the research personnel?
Are there any conflicts of interest for the personnel associated with this research?
Will my medical information be kept confidential?
Will a sample of my DNA be collected?
Rights of All Research Participants
You have the right to:
Prepared for the National Mental Health Association Annual Conference (June, 2001)
E. Anne Riley, Ph.D., Research Associate, Clinical Brain Disorders Branch/NIMH
Shannon Flynn, Research Assistant, Clinical Brain Disorders Branch/NIMH
Susan R.B. Weiss, Ph.D., Senior Director, Research, National Mental Health Association