Research Participants

Thousands of studies are conducted at UM and JMH, many of which have led to important results that help us lead healthier and better lives. We are responsible by federal law for ensuring the protection of the rights, welfare, and well-being of participants involved in these studies. One way this is accomplished is by having all research studies reviewed by an Institutional Review Board (IRB). This group of people often includes behavioral and social scientists, social workers, other professionals, and people from the local community, all working together to make sure that the study is well planned and ethical. Research studies cannot be started until the IRB has approved the study. Every Research Participant has the following rights:

  • To be treated with respect, including respect for your decision whether or not you wish to enroll in, continue in, or stop being in a study.
  • To choose to stop being in a study at any time.
  • To be given time to read the consent form and have the research study explained to you
  • To be given time to ask questions, and to be told whom you can contact if you have any more questions.
  • To be given a copy of the consent form after you have signed it.