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.
This video provides basic information about scientific research, the goals of research, and discusses how clinical research differs from medical care. (3:00)
This video discusses types of human research with a focus on clinical trials, and explains common terms that potential participants should know. (4:20)
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)
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)
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)
Return to www.hhs.gov/About-Research-Participation
Content last reviewed on December 21, 2016