What is informed consent?

Informed Consent is a process that starts prior to your actual participation in a research study and continues throughout your participation. The informed consent process is conducted to ensure a participant is provided information such as:

purpose of the study;
associated risks and benefits;
costs;
treatments or alternative procedures that are available;
length of the study; and
rights of each participant
Part of the process includes an informed consent document. Reviewing the informed consent will also give the participant an opportunity to ask any questions or discuss concerns that might arise. If the participant agrees to all the information discussed, then the participant will sign the informed consent form.