We are committed to providing our patients, their care givers and families all the information required to decide if they would like to participate in research conducted at the Mackay Hospital and Health Service.
Our commitment to you
As a patient at Mackay Hospital and Health Service you;
- Will only be asked to take part in a research project if it is appropriate for you.
- Can be sure that your treatment will not be affected if you decide not to take part in a research project.
- Will receive full information about the project.
- Will be asked to confirm in writing that you want to take part.
- Can change your mind and withdraw from a research project at any stage without your care being affected.
- Can be sure that your dignity, rights, safety, confidentiality and well-being will always be respected.
Rights and responsibilities
If you are invited to participate in a research project or a clinical trial, it is important that you understand your rights and responsibilities. You have the right to full and complete information about what the study means for you personally. This process is known as informed consent.
To help you decide whether or not to be part of a trial, a member of the research team will explain details about the study, such as its purpose, duration, required procedures, risks and potential benefits. You will be given a participant information sheet and consent form and have the opportunity to ask about anything that is not clear to you or that you do not understand.
It is your choice whether or not you want to join a research study. Only you can decide whether joining a trial is right for you or not. Before deciding whether or not to take part, you might want to talk about it with a relative, friend or your local doctor.
- You have the right to withdraw from a research study whenever you want, and for any reason.
- You have the right to ask questions about the study, both before it begins and as it continues.