Frequently Asked Questions for Patients

Preparing for a Study

As a participant in a research study you will have responsibilities. For example, you will be expected to show up for all scheduled appointments, call the study personnel if you have a bad reaction, and follow the study-related instructions given to you. You also might be expected to go in for many more visits than non-participants. Therefore, you may have extra costs, such as parking, babysitting and time off work.

Before you decide to become a research volunteer, get the facts. Know what you're getting into and the pros and cons. There are a number of resources available online to help you find out more.


 Here are some examples of questions that you may want to ask the research staff about the study:
  • Why is the research being done?
  • What exactly will happen to me as part of the research?
  • Will there be any unpleasant side effects?
  • Will the research help me personally?
  • What other options do I have?
  • How long will the study last?

If you are participating in a research study and have questions, concerns or complaints, and you want to talk to someone besides the research team, please contact the IRB office at 616.486.2031 or irbassist@spectrumhealth.org.