Healthy Moments Episode

Understanding Informed Consent within Clinical Trials

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Sep 2, 2013 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers discusses informed consent, a process used to protect people who participate in clinical trials.


Are you on the fence about participating in a clinical trial? I‘d like to share information that may help your decision by telling you about informed consent.

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

In the U.S., informed consent is a process used to protect clinical trial volunteers. It provides volunteers key facts about a study before they decide whether to participate. And, this process continues throughout the study.

Before a volunteer participates, the research team

  • goes over an informed consent document with details about the clinical trial, its purpose, risk, and benefits, and
  • stresses that enrolling in a trial is completely voluntary.
Giving consent to participate in research is not a contract. At any time, a volunteer can stop participating in a clinical trial.

To learn more, follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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