Ask your care provider
You may want to talk to a familiar and knowledgeable person before deciding whether to take part in research or not. Some people may be able to turn to a trusted health care provider to have this conversation.
You can also find answers to many common questions in our Frequently Asked Questions section.
Below are a few questions to help begin the conversation. (Here is a PDF version you can save and print.)
- Is taking part in a research study an option for me?
- If the study team asks for a referral from you, how can I arrange this with you?
- What are the risks and benefits of participating in a study?
- How does the treatment given in the study compare with standard treatments for my condition?
- How would being in a study affect my health care with you?
- I'm on a wait list to receive a treatment. Would participating in a study affect my place on the wait list?
- What would happen at the end of the study, or if I withdraw from the study?
If you don't have a care provider and are seeking help for a mental health or substance use problem, here are a few other options: