What to expect when you participate in a study
Although every mental health study is different, most follow this basic process:
- As a first step, you’ll speak with a study coordinator about the goals, activities, and possible risks and benefits of the research.
- You’ll be able to ask any and all of the questions you may have.
- If you decide to participate, you’ll be asked to sign an Informed Consent Form, indicating that you understand the information presented by the study coordinator.
- At this point, you may be asked to complete psychological tests or tasks, fill out a questionnaire, or answer interview questions. Some studies look at the brain using imaging technologies (like MRIs or PET scans), or collect saliva or blood samples for DNA analysis.
- Some research studies involve talk therapy, medication, or another treatment like exercise. The study coordinator will tell you in advance what activities will be included.
If you feel uncomfortable with a study activity or simply don’t want to continue participating, you can withdraw from the study at any time, for any reason.