IT’S YOUR DECISION
What Is Research?
- Research is a study that is done to answer a question.
- Scientists do research because they don’t know for sure what works best to help you.
- Some other words that describe research are clinical trial, protocol, survey, or experiment.
- Research is not the same as treatment.
Why Is Research Important?
Research has led to important discoveries that make our lives better. Some examples are:
- New drugs to treat cancer, diabetes, and other diseases
- Ultrasound, X-ray machines, and diagnostic tests
- Ways to stop smoking
- Improved medical procedures
Points to Consider
- A research study may or may not help you personally.
- In the future, the results could help others who have a health problem.
- Taking part in research is voluntary.
Someday, you or a family member may want to take part in a research study. If this happens, the information here may help you make the right decision.
Questions to Ask
- What exactly will happen to me in the research?
- Will there be any unpleasant side effects?
- Will the research help me personally?
- What other options do I have?
- Can I leave the study at any time?
- Will it cost me anything personally?
Research discoveries can improve people’s health.
Before you decide to become a research volunteer, get the facts:
- Know what you’re getting into.
- Ask questions.
- Learn as much as you can.
- Know the pros and cons.
It’s Your Decision
For more information call: Office for Human Research Protections
Toll-Free (866) 447-4777
1101 Wootton Parkway
Rockville, MD 20852
Fax: (301) 402-0527
(Information provided by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES and the Office for Human Research Protections)