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About Research Participation


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See what HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, ADM Brett Giroir, M.D., wrote about empowering research participants with information on his blog

About Research Participation

Welcome! The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) works to protect the rights, welfare, and wellbeing of volunteers who participate in research supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). One way to further this mission is to provide the public with basic information about research and research participation, so potential volunteers can make informed decisions about participating in research.

Learning about research participation can be challenging. OHRP developed and compiled these resources to help you make the best decisions for you and your loved ones. They answer some common questions and suggest other questions you may want to ask if you are considering participating in research. These materials also may be used by research staff to facilitate and improve the informed consent process.

Check out the links below to watch informational videos, view a list of questions to ask researchers, and find additional resources related to research participation.

These materials are intended for public use and distribution, and we invite you to use and share them freely. We welcome you to link to our materials from your website.

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Informational Videos Human Research Volunteer Informational Videos

Watch short videos to learn more about participating in human research

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Questions to Ask Questions to Ask When Participating in a Research Study

View and print questions to ask researchers if you’re considering volunteering for a research study

Protecting Research Volunteers

Protecting Research VolunteersRegulations to Protect Research Volunteers

Learn about the regulations that protect research volunteers

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Additional Resources Resources About Human Subjects Research

Access additional resources about human subjects research
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Content last reviewed on January 28, 2020