If you are considering participating in a clinical trial, you may have concerns about how your personal data will be used or shared. Clinical trials incorporate many ways of protecting your personal data.
The United States government created the Privacy Rule to help prevent the improper use and sharing of your personal health information. In addition, all clinical trials must be approved by an institutional review board (IRB) that ensures your data and privacy are protected.
Visit the sites below to learn more about the Privacy Rule and IRBs.
- National Institutes of Health: The Privacy Rule and Clinical Research: What You Should Know
Institutional Review Boards
- United States Department of Health and Human Services (Video): How IRBs Protect Human Research Participants
- National Cancer Institute: Definition of IRB
- Breastcancer.org: How Clinical Trial Participant Safety is Protected
Last Modified on May 31, 2022