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How do I know I'll be looked after while I'm taking part in research?

Whatever research you take part in, you should feel happy and confident about your role. If you do have any problems, you should have someone who’ll be able to help you, for example if you’re ill and can’t attend an activity. Some studies have mentors, a person who has experience in your role and who can give you advice and support.

If you’re a participant, you can find out if the study has been approved by an ethics committee. It’s their job to look after your rights and well-being. The ethics committee will look at the information you’ll be given and check that it contains all the information you’ll need to make a decision about taking part in the research. It’ll make sure that the information is presented in a fair and balanced way. NHS research projects can't start without this approval.

For more information, go to www.arthritisresearchuk.org.
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