Information for Patients & Research Participants
Researchers in the department of family and community medicine have active research programs in areas related to clinical medicine, community health, and clinical trials of medicines and therapies. However, we cannot conduct this research without a crucial ingredient: you! The research participant.
Patient and community member volunteer participation is vital to the success of the research mission at any academic medical center.
As a research subject, you have the following rights:
- To be told the purpose of the research study, including why, when, where and for how long you will be involved;
- To be told exactly what will happen to you and whether any of the procedures, drugs or devices differ from those that would be used in standard practice;
- To be told about potential adverse side effects and/or potential discomforts for which you will be at risk by virtue of your participation in the research study;
- To be told if you can realistically expect any benefit from participating in the study, and if so, what that benefit might be;
- To be told what medical treatment is available if complications arise;
- To be told if other alternative treatment choices exist, and how those treatments might be better or worse than being in the study;
- To know how and to what extent your privacy will be protected;
- To ask questions or express concerns at any time, whether before agreeing to participate, during the course of the study, or after it is completed;
- To be free of pressure or undue influence when deciding if you want to participate or when debating whether to continue your participation in the study;
- To refuse to participate in the study, or to change your mind and withdraw from the study at any time, without risking your future care at Marshfield Clinic or other benefits you would otherwise be entitled to receive;
- To receive a copy of the signed consent form, the purpose of which is to document the potential risks and benefits of the study, in addition to explaining the goal of the investigation and what is expected of participants.
If at any time you feel your rights as a participant in human subjects research have been violated, you should address your concern immediately with the investigator conducting the research or with the Jefferson Office of Human Subjects Research Protection at 215-503-0203. Their website is here.