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 investigation.
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) by:
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