Basic Rights of Research Participants
California Law (Health & Safety Code Section 24172) requires that any person asked to take part as a subject in research involving a medical experiment, or any person asked to consent to such participation on behalf of another, is entitled to receive a list of rights written in a language in which the person is fluent.
*The rights below are the rights of every person who is asked to be in a research study.
As an experimental subject, I have the following rights.
- To be told what the study is trying to find out,
- To be told what will happen to me and whether any of the procedures, drugs, or devices is different from what would be used in standard practice,
- To be told about the frequent and/or important risks, side effects, or discomforts of the things that will happen to me for research purposes,
- To be told if I can expect any benefit from participating, and, if so, what the benefit might be.
- To be told of the other choices I have and how they may be better or worse than being in the study,
- To be allowed to ask any questions concerning the study both before agreeing to be involved and during the course of the study,
- To be told what sort of medical treatment is available if any complications arise,
- To refuse to participate at all or to change my mind about participation after the study has started. This decision will not affect my right to receive the care I would receive if I were not in the study,
- To receive a copy of the signed and dated consent form,
- To be free of pressure when considering whether I wish to agree to be in the study.
*From the book Cancer Clinical Trials Experimental Treatments & How They Can Help You by Robert Finn.