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Each military branch conducts and/or sponsors medical research in which active duty service members and reservists can participate. If a service member wants to participate in one of those studies, it will be important for her to understand her right – as the research participant – to determine what happens to her body. It will also be important for the medical research investigator to fulfill her duty to provide enough information about the study so that the potential research participant can make an educated decision about whether to take part in the study or not.
Informed Consent in Military Medical Research
will provide general guidance about the informed consent process and address the unique issues that may arise when service members – who, by virtue of their training and experience may be more prone to do what they view as being asked of them than would civilians – want to participate in a medical research study that is conducted or funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.
The following audiences may find this resource helpful:
- Active duty military personnel
- Spouses and other family members of active duty servicemen/women
- Legal Assistance Divisions for the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and National Guard
- Judge Advocates General