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Researchers are required to provide participants with an informed consent document, which includes specific information about the nature of the study:
Overview of the Study
A statement that the study involves research
An explanation of the purposes of the research
Expected duration of the subject's participation
Description of the procedures to be followed
Whether any procedures are experimental
Risks, Benefits, & Alternatives
A description of any foreseeable risks or discomforts to the subject
A description of any benefits to the subject or to others which may be expected
Existence of any alternative procedures or treatments that might be advantageous to the subject
A statement describing the extent, if any, to which confidentiality of records identifying the subject will be maintained
Compensation & Treatment
For research involving more than minimal risk:
An explanation as to whether any compensation will be provided
An explanation as to whether any medical treatments are available if injury occurs and, if so, what they consist of, or where further information may be obtained
Whom to contact for answers to questions about the research and research subjects' rights
Whom to contact in the event of a research-related injury to the subject
Ability to Withdraw Without Penalty
A statement indicating that:
Participation is voluntary
Refusal to participate will involve no penalty or loss of benefits to which the subject is otherwise entitled
The subject may discontinue participation at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which the subject is otherwise entitled
Exceptions to Informed Consent
If the research you took part in consisted of anonymous surveys, the researcher may not have been required to have you sign the document and return it. Research applications do not require a signed informed consent document if:
The research is no greater than minimal risk to participants
A breach in confidentiality would constitute the principal risk to participants
A signed consent form would be the only record linking the participant to the research
The research does not include any activities that would require signed consent in non-research settings
Signatures on the Consent Documents
For research studies that do not require the informed consent documents to be signed, it is not necessary for researchers to provide hard copies of the informed consent document to potential participants. The researcher may post the document online or send it via email.
At times it is necessary for a researcher to temporarily deceive participants. Research that qualifies for a deceptive consent document and debriefing statement can pose no greater than minimal risk (equal to the risk involved in performing everyday activities) to participants.
An example of this would be a project in which providing the complete purpose of the research would serve to discourage participants from taking part or influence how they respond to survey questions.
Altered Informed Consent Information
In these instances, the researcher will create a consent document containing the necessary deception or excluding information along with a debriefing statement that identifies the deceptive aspects of the document and explains the reason for the deception or true nature of the research. The researcher will present the altered consent document to participants prior to their taking part in the study.
Once the study has concluded, the researcher will use the debriefing statement to explain the deception or true nature of the research.