Information about participating in medical research from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) works to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research conducted or supported by HHS. An important part of protecting research participants is helping them understand research and how participating might affect them so that they can make an informed decision about whether to volunteer. 

OHRP has developed a website called About Research Participation, in both English and Spanish, to inform and educate the public about research and research participation.

About Research Participation includes informational videos, infographics, a list of questions to ask researchers, and additional resources. These materials are available free of charge for broad public consumption. No permission is needed for sharing and distribution.

If you have comments or questions about our informational resources, email us at OHRP-EDU@hhs.gov