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What is Informed Consent?

Clinical study participation is entirely voluntary. Prior to enrolling in a clinical study, eligible patients must agree to participate by signing an Informed Consent Form, which is a document that describes the study in plain language.


A member of the study team explains the study in great detail and answers questions. Those who may be eligible should not be hurried into making a decision about participation. One should only sign the document when he or she fully understands the details about the study and agrees to the commitment.

After signing the Informed Consent Form, participants are free to change their minds – at any time – and leave the study if they wish.