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Learn About Clinical Trials

  • Reviewed: 12/29/2004

You have rights. They will be protected.

Groups of experts at the national and local levels approve research studies before they begin.

  • One of the most important groups is called an institutional review board (IRB).
  • The IRB's job is to review research studies to make sure they are run safely and fairly.
  • The IRB includes doctors, nurses, clergy, and people from the community.
  • Researchers may collect a lot of information about you. But it will be kept as private and confidential as possible.
"I used to think that people in medical studies were just 'guinea pigs.' But I found out it wasn't like that. I felt that my rights were protected."