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Participating in Research?

From the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans website.

There are different reasons why people engage in research. The information here focuses on people who join or are thinking of joining research studies as research participants.

A lot of research cannot be done without the help of people willing to join studies. Often people want to know more about taking part in research, but do not know what kind of questions to ask. Here you will find answers to some frequently asked questions about participating in research.

The answers are based on Canada's research ethics policy, the second edition of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2). Many researchers in Canada are required by their institutions to use it to help design and conduct their research. However, there is a lot of research conducted in Canada, especially in the private sector, that does not have to follow TCPS 2. You should always feel free to ask researchers what ethical standards apply to their research, ans how you can learn more about them. 

For more information, please consult the following resources:

Frequently Asked Questions About Participating in Research

Brochure: Taking Part in Research

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