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Informed consent is usually obtained using a form that contains:

  • A description of the research, including its purposes, expected duration of participants' involvement, and procedures;
  • A description of any risks and benefits to the participant;
  • Information about how information will be kept confidential;
  • A statement explaining that participation is voluntary, refusal to participate will involve no penalty or loss of benefits to which the participant is otherwise entitled, and the participant may discontinue participation at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which the participant is otherwise entitled; and
  • Contact information for the person responsible for conducting the study, along with a statement that this person can be contacted for answers to pertinent questions about the research and participants' rights, and in the event of a research-related injury to any participant.

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