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What are the rights of participants in a clinical trial?

All participants in a clinical trial have rights.

  • You have the right to decide if you wish to take part––it is up to you.
  • You have the right to refuse to take part, or to stop taking part at any time without having to provide a reason.
  • You have a right to privacy and the right to know that any information about you or your health collected as part of the clinical trial will be kept confidential and protected.
  • You have the right to be informed of the results of the clinical trial once the entire clinical trial is complete.

These rights and others are clearly outlined in the informed consent form. Your research team will discuss your rights with you during the informed consent process. If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant or any ethical issues related to a research study, you may call Dr. Philip C. Hébert, chair of the research ethics board at Sunnybrook, at 416-480-4276.

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