Informed consent is a process by which you are informed verbally and/or in writing by the research team about the purpose, procedures, risk and benefits of the study. You will be asked to review the informed consent and provide verbal or written consent.
Remember, that giving your informed consent is not a contract and your participation in a study is completely voluntary. You can decide to leave a study at any time. You can also decide not to answer a question that is asked of you in a study. Also, participating in a study does not prevent you from receiving services or participating in other activities.
The information you provide in a study is totally confidential and will not be shared with anyone who is not listed in the informed consent. Your identity is protected through the use of identification numbers, password protected data files, and locked storage cabinets and offices.