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Your Rights as a Study Participant

Your Rights as a Study Participant

You have several rights as a research subject:

  • You have the right to decide not to participate in the research, without penalty or loss of benefits.
  • If you decide to participate, you have the right to quit at any time. Again, there will be no penalty or loss of benefits.
  • You have the right to be informed about the research study, without coercion, undue influence or pressure.
  • You have the right to ask questions about the research study.
  • You have the right to get a copy of the consent form.
  • You do not waive any of your legal rights by joining a research study or signing a consent form.
Deciding to be in a research study is an important decision and requires that you understand what will be expected of you. You should talk about these expectations with the study staff and your physician before you agree to be in a research study.

For more information on participants' rights contact:
Spectrum Health Offices of Research Administration

The Office for Human Research Protections
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200
Rockville, MD 20852
866.447.4777 (toll-free)

At Spectrum Health, study participant complaints or concerns are addressed promptly by the Spectrum Health Research and Human Rights Committee (Spectrum Health IRB). Upon indication of a complaint or concern, the Spectrum Health IRB will initiate a process to identify and address the issues and mediate between the subject and the investigator in an attempt to achieve resolution.

Should you have any questions, concerns, or complaints about the research, or for more information on participants' rights, contact the Spectrum Health IRB at: 616.486.2031 or