Clinical Research Glossary

volunteer (to) volunteer (to)

To choose to join a study.

Example of volunteer (to) in a sentence

A participant is someone who chooses to volunteer to join a research study.

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Participants might be healthy volunteers or patients, but everyone is free to make their own decision about participation. Even if they volunteer, they are free to leave the study at any time.

Other info to think about when joining a study

Your doctor may ask if you want to volunteer for a study during a visit. You may also see this when reviewing a consent form, letting you know you do not have to join this study if you do not want to.

You may want to ask your doctor about how to volunteer for a study. If you are considering volunteering for a study, you can ask about what the study procedures are and what will happen to participants in the study.

You should not feel pressured to join a research study.

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