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Participating in VA Research FAQ

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) ranks as one of the nation's leaders in health research. Each year, dedicated researchers and volunteers work together on thousands of studies at VA medical centers, outpatient clinics, and nursing homes. These studies have contributed significantly to advancements in health care for Veterans and other Americans.

What to Ask Before You Participate

If you are asked to participate in a research project, get as much information as you can about the study. The questions below may help you to decide whether volunteering is right for you.

  • Who is doing this study and what questions might it answer?
  • Who reviewed or approved this study?
  • What could happen to my health if I take part in this study?
  • What tests or procedures will I have during the study?
  • How long will this study last?
  • If I decide to participate, how will it affect my daily life?
  • Will I have to make extra trips to the VA?
  • Will I be charged anything or paid anything to be in this study?
  • Who will be in charge of my care? Can I continue seeing my own doctor?
  • Who will be told I am taking part in this study? What information will they receive?
  • What happens to any specimens that I give?
  • What happens after the study ends?
  • Will I be told the results of the study?
  • How do I end my participation in the study if I change my mind?
  • What other options do I have if I decide not to take part in this study?
  • Whom do I contact for questions and information about the study?

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