Box 78 Suggested contents for a patient information sheet

♦ Invitation paragraph

♦ What is the purpose of the study?

♦ What is the drug or procedure that is being tested?

♦ What are the alternatives for diagnosis or treatment?

♦ What are the side effects of any treatment received when taking part?

♦ What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

♦ What are the possible benefits of taking part?

♦ What if new information becomes available?

♦ What happens when the research study stops?

♦ What if something goes wrong?

♦ Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

♦ What will happen to the results of the research study?

♦ Who is organizing and funding the research?

♦ Who has reviewed the study?

♦ Contact for further information

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