Would you participate if you knew this?

Imagine that you have been diagnosed with depression. You see an ad in the local newspaper that a research group is studying a new drug for the treatment of depression and is recruiting people like yourself to participate. The study will investigate how effective the drug is at treating depression and will also look at whether the drug has any negative side effects.

Suppose the new drug is made by a small biotechnology company. The researcher owns a substantial portion of the stocks of the company. The value of the company's stocks can rapidly go up or down by large amounts depending on whether the drug is seen to be safe and effective for treating depression.

    How important is it for you to know about the researcher's stock investment in the company before you consent to be in this study?

    • Extremely important.
    • Very important
    • Somewhat important
    • Not very important
    • Not at all important

    Do you think that the researcher should be required to tell you about his stock investment in the company before you are asked to participate?

    • Yes
    • No

    Which option best reflects what you would do, given the researcher's stock investment in the drug company?

    • I would not participate in this study.
    • I'm not sure
    • I would still consider participating in this study