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Research Volunteer Pool: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What if I change my mind and no longer want to be contacted?

A: No problem, just use the contact info provided to call and let us know.

Q: I don't want to be called all the time, is that okay?

A: Yes, you can specify the maximum number of times/year you'd like to be contacted to suit your preferences.

Q: What kind of information do they collect and store?

A: If you are interested in enrolling, the research staff will contact you to give you more information about joining the pool. If you choose to enroll, they will collect a small amount of demographic, health and contact information. It should take less than 15 minutes. All information will be stored in a confidential way and will only be used to determine which studies are matches for you.

Q: What kinds of studies are they?
A: There are lots of different types of studies happening here at Toronto Rehab. Our three main research areas focus on:

  • Preventing debilitating injury or illness from happening in the first place
  • Making rehabilitation more effective when illness or injury does occur
  • Helping older people live independently at home or in the community

If you enroll and are contacted, the researchers will give you all the information you need to know about their specific study and from there you can decide if you’d like to participate.

Q: How long will it take me? Where would I have to go?

A: Studies vary in time commitment and location. Some studies may be a one-time participation, while others may be more ongoing. Many of our studies are located at our University Centre site. However, there are also several studies that are in other locations such as other Toronto Rehab sites, other research labs, or sometimes even in your own home. When a researcher contacts you, they will give you the specific details about time and location. From that information, you can decide if it works for you to be a part of that study.

Q: What if a researcher calls but I don't want to participate in that study?

A: That's totally fine. Every time a researcher calls, they will give you all the detailed information about their study. If you'd rather not participate, that's no problem, you always have the choice to decline. You will stay in the pool for researchers to contact you again in the future.