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Glossary of Terms

We know that many of the concepts used on this site can be difficult to understand. For that reason, we have provided you with a glossary to help you make sense of the terms used in Comparative Effectiveness Research. Every word that is defined in this glossary should appear highlighted throughout the Web site. When you come upon a highlighted term and would like to read the full definition, you can either click on the word to visit the glossary or roll your mouse over the word for a pop-up definition.

 

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Informed Consent

Definition: An agreement to receive a treatment or medical procedure. Before a person receives a proposed treatment or medical procedure, he or she must give informed consent. This means that the person must not only agree to the treatment, but also understand what he or she is agreeing to.

Example: For example, before a person gives "informed consent" to participate in a clinical trial, the researcher must provide detailed information about the clinical trial. The purpose of the trial is explained, as well as:

  • The procedures involved, including how it will be decided what treatment the person will receive.
  • The risks and potential benefits.
  • The participant's rights.

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