Institutional Review Board

Frequently Asked Questions about Research Participation

An Introduction to Research  - Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing to be in a clinical research study is an important personal decision. Your Decision! 

When thinking about volunteering for a clinical research study, it is important to make a informed decision.  This information is to help you with that choice.

It is also often helpful to talk to a physician, family members, or friends about deciding to join a study. 

Synonyms Used in Research

The activity known as "research" can be referred to by many names:

  • Clinical Trial
  • Research study
  • Clinical Research Study or Trial

Likewise, individuals volunteering to be in a research study are referred to by many names:

  • Participant
  • Study or Research Participant
  • Subject
  • Research or Clinical Subject

(Please note: Research professionals do not refer to human subjects as "guinea pigs"; unfortunately, this term is often refered to when individuals think of research participation.) 

What is a clinical trial /study?

Participation in Clinical Trials

For those considering participation in a clinical trial, the following frequently asked questions are important in understanding the role of the participant and the unique process of clinical trials.

In addition: If you have a child considering  participation in a clinical trial, the following online video by Children's Hospital Boston is worth viewing Interactive Parents' Guide to Medical Research

Research ­ reviewed by Aspirus Wausau Hospital IRB

If you or a loved one are interested in participating in a  research study/trial or would like more information on the research being conducted in Wausau & surrounding communities that Aspirus Wausau Hospital IRB has reviewed please contact the following research facilities or the IRB Office.