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Informational Videos

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OHRP has created a series of short videos with basic information about research. These videos are intended to help potential participants understand how research works, what questions they should consider asking, and things to think about when deciding whether to participate in a study.

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

Watch: Participating in Research (Part 1 of 3): What is Research?

Part 1: What is Research?

This video provides basic information about scientific research, the goals of research, and discusses how clinical research differs from medical care. (3:00)

Watch: Participating in Research (Part 2 of 3): Clinical Trials

Part 2: Clinical Trials

This video discusses types of human research with a focus on clinical trials, and explains common terms that potential participants should know. (4:20)

Watch: Participating in Research (Part 3 of 3): Questions to Ask

Part 3: Questions to Ask

This video emphasizes that participating in research is voluntary and encourages potential participants to ask questions and get the information they need to decide whether to participate. (4:44)

Watch: Randomization


This video explains the concept of randomization in research studies and what potential participants need to know when volunteering for a study with a randomized design. (7:25)

Watch: Institutional Review Boards

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

This video explains the concept of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), which review certain research studies involving human volunteers to ensure that the studies meet ethical standards and regulatory requirements. (6:45)

Watch: Participating in Social & Behavioral Health Research

Participating in Social & Behavioral Health Research

This video provides basic information about social and behavioral health research and what makes it different from clinical research. (6:05)


Return to www.hhs.gov/About-Research-Participation

Content created by Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)
Content last reviewed on January 28, 2019