Is Participating Right for You?

 

The Pros and Cons of Participating in a Research Study

 

Joining a research study is a decision that only you can make.  We know that there are both pros and cons to participating and not participating in the study.  We’ve put together some points for you to consider as you think about whether this is the right decision for you.

 

Cons of Not Participating in the Study and Being on Your Own:

No help to improve my weight or health

May not lose weight or lower my risk for diabetes

Will not receive support

Will not learn new information

My risk for diabetes may get worse

My doctor may be “mad” at me

 

Pros to Not Participating in the Study and Being on Your Own:

Less time commitment

I can eat the foods I want to eat

I don’t need to be physically active

Can join other programs

No accountability

I can continue doing what I’m already doing

 

Pros to Participating in the Study and Receiving Support:

Receive support and encouragement

Learn new information that may improve my health

Regular group sessions provide accountability

Participation is a source of motivation

May lose weight and lower my risk for diabetes

May improve my eating habits and level of activity

Realize a sense of purpose

Help improve science

 

Cons of Participating in the Study:

Greater time commitment

May not lose weight or lower my risk for diabetes

Encouraged to change my eating and activity habits

Already know some of the information

May not like some group members

May not like the group leader

 

Which of these pros and cons makes sense to you?  We are happy to discuss any of these items with you and address concerns you may have about the study.  We look forward to hearing from you!