Post-Study Questions for Research Participants


Mount Saint Vincent University’s Research Ethics Office has compiled these frequently asked questions (FAQs) from the perspective of participants, to provide information to participants  before and after taking part in a research study. The following Participant FAQs are meant for information and guidance purposes only. Specific questions about the research study should be directed to the appropriate Principal Investigator (PI), Research Lab, or additional research personnel part of the study which is normally found in the recruitment materials, information letter and/or the informed consent letter. For information concerning your rights as a participant, please contact

Additional information for participants in general can be found through the Panel on Research Ethics, a Government of Canada resource.

Your data may be available to other researchers who work in similar fields. Data can be provided to researchers who are working in similar fields for their upcoming or ongoing research studies.

Details on the sharing of data or future use of data will be in the consent form. If you agree to participate and then change your mind later, please reach out to the Principal Investigator (PI) to discuss.

If applicable, this will be included in the consent form, Research findings cannot be formed until data collection is done, which may take several months or years depending on the type of study. The research team often provides research results summaries to participants. Please review the consent form and ask the Principal Investigator (PI) or the appropriate research personnel to discuss further.