What is informed consent in relation to clinical trials for arthritis?
Informed consent means you understand all the possible benefits and risks of enrolling in the clinical trial. Before you sign, ask your doctor to explain any parts of the form or the trial that are unclear. You can decide not to sign and join the trial. Your care will not be affected in any way.
Even after you sign, you’re free to drop out of the trial any time. If you stay on, you’ll continue to get any new information to help you decide if you want to stay in the trial.
From: A Guide to Clinical Trials for Arthritis Patients WebMD Medical Reference
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