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Informed Consent

Tip Sheet

Here are some tips on informed consent for clinical trial participation. This information should be helpful in making an informed decision.

Informed Consent Preparation

  • Enlist a trusted relative or friend to go with you. It’s important to have support during this process.
  • Bring a list of questions.
  • Bring a tape recorder, pen, and paper to take notes.
  • Bring a highlighter to mark portions of the document you don’t understand.

Informed Consent Tips While You Are There

  • Ask questions if anything is unclear and don’t hesitate to ask questions about any details of the research outlined in the informed consent document. Remember, there are no unimportant questions when your health is at stake.
  • Take notes and mark any details of the document you may want to particularly remember.
  • Take time to read and review the documents. You may even want to take it home to allow plenty of time before signing it.
  • Ask for clarification of words you are not familiar with. Sometimes repeating the information in your own words can help you to understand.

Informed Consent

Bring along a trusted relative or friend with you when you meet with the research team. It's important to have support during this process.

Write down in advance any questions you may have, so you don’t forget to ask them.

Take lots of notes, or consider bringing along a tape recorder.

Don't hesitate to ask questions about any detail of the research outlined in the informed consent document. Remember, there are no unimportant questions when your health is at stake.

Bring a highlighter to mark any details of the informed consent document you may want to particularly remember.

Take as much time as you want to read and understand the informed consent document. You may even want to take it home to allow plenty of time before signing it.

Ask for clarification of any confusing language in the consent document. Sometimes repeating the information in your own words can help you to understand.