COVID-19 Research Resources
A curated list of research resources around guidelines, policies, and procedures related to COVID-19, drawn from Harvard University, affiliated academic healthcare centers, and government funding agencies

Materials, videos, and resources to support engagement with research participants. Research Participant Resources
At a glance
Key Features
  • Access resources to support conversations between research staff and potential participants
  • Download and print brochures (available in translation)
  • Join us for ThinkResearch, a podcast dedicated to exploring the fascinating stories behind research.
Useful for
  • Discussing research participation, including risks, benefits, and participant rights and protections
Available to
  • Investigators, research nurses, study staff, institutions, and individuals considering research participation

The materials and resources available below support communication between researchers and participants. These resources provide useful information and helpful questions to think about and to ask before deciding to participate in a research study.

COVID-19 Research Materials

Harvard Catalyst and MRCT have collaborated on a series of flyers that can be included in recruitment and education efforts for COVID-19 research studies.

Brochure User Guide

The Brochure User Guide [PDF] is designed to introduce a library of available brochures and provide suggestions on how best to use them to support bidirectional communication between research teams and current and prospective participants.

Brochures

Should I be a research subject?

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  • What is clinical research?
  • Common misunderstandings about clinical research
  • Why volunteer in clinical research?
  • How am I protected if I participate in a research study?
  • Research Volunteer Bill of Rights

Research Subject Bill of Rights

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Before agreeing to participate in a research study, make sure you understand your rights as a research subject, including the right:

  • To be treated with respect
  • To be allowed to ask any questions about the study
  • To be free from pressure when deciding if you want to be in the study
  • To refuse to be in the study or to change your mind

Participating in Acupuncture Studies

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  • What is acupuncture?
  • How should I prepare for an acupuncture session?
  • What are the risks of acupuncture?
  • Questions to ask before participating in an acupuncture study
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Social and Behavioral Research

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  • What is social and behavioral research?
  • What does it mean to take part in a social and behavioral research study?
  • What are the risks of taking part in social and behavioral research?
  • Questions to ask before agreeing to participate in a social or behavioral research study

Genetic Research

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  • What is genetic research?
  • What does it mean to take part in genetic research?
  • What are the risks of taking part in genetic research?
  • What are my rights and what protections are in place?
  • Questions to ask before agreeing to participate in a genetic research study

Blood Draw for Research

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  • How should I prepare for a blood draw?
  • What are the risks from a blood draw?
  • What's different about a blood draw used for research?
  • Questions to ask before having a blood draw as part of a research study

CT Scans for Research

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  • What is Computed Tomography (CT)?
  • How should I prepare for a CT scan?
  • What's different about a CT scan used for research?
  • What are the risks of undergoing a CT scan?
  • Questions to ask before having a CT scan as part of a research study

MRI Scans for Research

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  • What is Magnetic Resonance Imaging?
  • How should I prepare for an MRI?
  • What's different about a MRI scan used for research?
  • What are the risks of undergoing an MRI scan?
  • Questions to ask before having a MRI scan as part of a research study

PET Scans for Research

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  • What is Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
  • How should I prepare for a PET scan?
  • What's different about a PET scan used for research?
  • What are the risks of undergoing a PET scan?
  • Questions to ask before having a PET scan as part of a research study

Stem Cell Research

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  • What are stem cells?
  • What is a stem cell line?
  • Types of stem cells used in research?
  • Why are researchers interested in stem cells?
  • Questions to ask when donating a tissue for stem cell research

Surrogate Decision-Making in Health Research

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  • What is Health Research?
  • What is surrogate decision-making?
  • Why am I being asked to make this decision?
  • What are the risks and benefits of research participation?
  • Questions to ask before making a decision about research participation for another person

Incidental Findings in Health Research

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  • Information about health research
  • What are incidental findings?
  • What are some types of incidental findings?
  • Will researchers share their findings with me?
  • Learning of incidental findings
  • Questions to ask before deciding to participate in a research study

Giving Samples and Information for Research

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  • Why researchers use samples
  • Different types of biospecimens
  • What is a biobank?
  • Different types of biobanks
  • Learning the results of research
  • Questions to ask before agreeing to give samples or information for research

Participating in a Survey

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  • What is survey research?
  • How do researchers use surveys?
  • If a researcher asks you to do a survey
  • Completing a survey
  • Protecting your privacy when completing a survey
  • Agreeing to participate in a survey
  • Questions to ask before agreeing to participate in a survey

Research Data: How is my information protected and used?

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  • What are research data?
  • What are the differences between research data and medical information?
  • Does my research data become part of my medical records?
  • How are my research data protected?
  • Can researchers guarantee my research data will stay protected?
  • Who will see my research data?
  • Questions to ask before agreeing to take part in a study

Research Participant Registry

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  • What is a research participant registry?
  • Benefits and risks of joining a research participant registry
  • Why join a research participant registry
  • What happens if I join a research participant registry?
  • Other types of registries
  • Questions to ask before agreeing to participate in a registry

How is Health Research Different from Health Care?

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  • What is health care?
  • What is health research?
  • What is a health research study?
  • Why participate in a research study?
  • The risks and benefits of research studies
  • Questions to ask about a research study

What is Involved in a Drug Research Study?

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  • What is drug research?
  • Steps in drug research
  • What does it mean to take part in drug research?
  • What are the risks of taking part in drug research?
  • Questions to ask before participating in a drug research study

Meet the Research Team

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  • Who are the members of the research team?
  • How a research team works together
  • The important part that research participants play
  • Participating in research is a choice
  • Questions to ask the research team

Using Telemedicine in a Research Study

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  • What is telemedicine?
  • How researchers use telemedicine
  • Types of telemedicine used in research
  • The benefits and risks of participating in research that uses telemedicine
  • How to get ready for a telemedicine study visit
  • Questions to ask in a telemedicine research study

"Sophie's Science Project: What is Medical Research?"

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Developed by Children's Hospital Boston, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

  • Full-color comic book
  • Aims to educate children about medical research and the informed consent process
  • Describes how doctors and scientists work together
  • Can be distributed to children as part of the assent process

Download a PDF

English [PDF]

A Participant's Guide to Mental Health Clinical Research

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Developed by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

  • A detailed guide to mental health clinical research
  • Answers common questions about volunteering for mental health clinical research
  • Includes basic information on making a decision about participating in clinical research

Download a PDF

English [PDF]

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