The Hospital of Central Connecticut's Institutional Review Board (IRB) ensures the protection of the rights, safety and well-being of volunteers involved in clinical research trials. The IRB consists of individuals of diverse backgrounds, including scientists and non-scientists.
Before volunteers can enroll in a trial, the IRB reviews the trial to ensure it is safe and that the benefits of participation outweigh the risks. The IRB must approve the clinical research trial before investigator can begin enrolling patient volunteers. The IRB monitors the trial as it progresses and reviews any changes to the protocol or adverse events (side effects) during the trial.
What are my rights as a clinical research volunteer?
- To have all your questions answered before you decide to participate.
- To understand that you have alternatives to participating in a clinical research trial.
- To have information on how to get in touch with the research staff or IRB regarding questions about the trial.
- To be informed of new pertinent information that surfaces during the trial.
- To discontinue your participation, at any time, for any reason.