Here are some things you need you know

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) ranks as one of the nation’s leaders in health research. Thousands of studies are conducted at VA medical centers, outpatient clinics, and nursing homes each year. This research has significantly contributed to advancements in health care for Veterans and other Americans from every walk of life.

For example, VA researchers have:

  • Used microelectronics and microchips (very small electronic components), as well as robotics, to create artificial limbs (prostheses) that look, feel, and work more like natural arms and legs.
  • Developed the nicotine patch to help people stop smoking.
  • Invented the cardiac pacemaker.
  • Performed the first successful liver transplant.
  • Played a major role in the development of the CAT (or CT) scan.
  • Helped to develop new drugs and treatments for diseases such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and osteoporosis.

These important health care advances are only possible because Veterans volunteered to take part in research projects.

What is a research study?

A research study is an organized way of learning more about a problem or answering a question. A research study may be done to:

  • Understand health needs, concerns, or feeling people have about an illness or their general health.
  • Test if a product, such as a drug or piece of equipment, is safe and effective.
  • Determine the best way to treat or prevent an illness.
  • Find out what health care practices work best.

Like your medical record, the information in your research record will be kept confidential.

What if I do not want to take part in a research study?

  • If you decide to take part in a study, you do so as a VOLUNTEER. This means YOU decide.
  • If anyone asks you to take part in a research study, you have the right to say “no”.
  • Your decision will not affect your VA health care or benefits.
  • You need to weigh both the potential risks and potential benefits of the study.
  • You can change your mind and leave research study at any time without losing any of your VA health care benefits.

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