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Disclosures and Privacy Policy

You are invited to take part in a Massachusetts General Hospital research study. Your participation is voluntary. This study is sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and is approved by the Massachusetts General Hospital Institutional Review Board (IRB) under Protocol #: 2021P001531.

Will My Participation in this Study be Kept Confidential?

We will keep this information confidential and available only to approved research staff. We will store this information and the images securely during the study. At the end of that time, we will destroy all information that could connect you to your data.

All of your records from this study will be treated as private records. The records will be protected according to the rules of Massachusetts General Hospital. All identifying information will be removed from and stored separately from all other data. Records will be kept on a secure server on a Massachusetts General Hospital computer. All computer data that is entered into a computer database will be available only to research staff members and will be password protected.


Massachusetts General Hospital staff sometimes review studies like this one to make sure they are being done safely and correctly. If a review of this study takes place, your records may be examined. The reviewers will protect your privacy.


We are required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to protect the privacy of health information obtained for research. This is an abbreviated notice, and does not describe all details of this requirement. During this study, identifiable information about you or your health will be collected and shared with the researchers conducting the research. In general, under federal law, identifiable health information is private. However, there are exceptions to this rule. In some cases, others may see your identifiable health information for purposes of research oversight, quality control, public health and safety, or law enforcement. We share your health information only when we must, and we ask anyone who receives it from us to protect your privacy.

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