This section covers information that participants should have already received. Although it overlaps with some of the topics already covered above, it could be useful to provide some specific reminders to help address common questions that participants may have.
Signpost to pre-study information sheet
In general, participants should be directed back to the information sheet they were given before the study, as this will contain lots of information relevant to the situation where they stop participating early.
Reminder about what will happen to data already collected: “What will happen to the information you have collected about me?”
Reminder about what will happen to biological samples already collected: “What will happen to the biological samples you have collected from me?”
Possibility of finding out what treatment was received: “Can I find out what treatment I have been receiving?” (For ‘blinded’ studies where the participant and/or doctor do not know what treatment the participant is getting)
Availability of the overall study results: “When can I find out the results of the study? How can I find them out?”
Availability of individual test results: “Can I find out my own test results from the study?”
Complaints: ‘What if I have a complaint?’