Clinical research helps us improve health outcomes for the pati ents we serve. While we encourage you to consider volunteering for research, please know that your decision to participate is completely up to you. You can expect the same level of medical care whether you choose to participate or not.
Before participant recruitments can begin, study proposals must first undergo an ethics and oversight process. Reviews are conducted by an independent Research Ethics Board and by the host agency to ensure all studies meet rigorous standards for ethics, accountability and operational compliance.
Volunteers must meet the clinical trial's eligibility criteria. Each study has guidelines about who can and cannot participate. For example, a clinical trial for a new breast cancer drug may only accept women who are postmenopausal.
Once your eligibility is confirmed, you will be given detailed information about the study so that you can make an informed decision about giving your consent to participate. Information will include:
- The study's goals and the researcher(s) involved
- What your participation will involve
- Any possible benefits, harms and side effects
- Your rights as a participant
- How to withdraw consent at any time if you choose
As a final step, you will provide your signature to confirm your informed consent to take part in the the study. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about any aspect of the study before you sign.