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Participate in a Clinical Research Study

Research studies are one of the best ways to help find cures and better treatments for diseases and other conditions. Treating children is different from treating adults, and has its own set of challenges, research, and results. Research studies test new medicines, treatments, or devices and equipment specifically with pediatric patients in mind. Clinical research leads to developments which help doctors all over the world provide cutting-edge care and treatments for children.

View this video from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to learn more about the critical importance of participating in clinical research studies.

Other Names for Research Studies:

  • Clinical Experiments 
  • Clinical Research 
  • Clinical Research Trials 
  • Clinical Studies 
  • Clinical Tests 
  • Clinical Trials 
  • Experimental Studies 
  • Experimental Tests 
  • Experimental Trials 
  • Experiments 
  • Medical research 
  • Research 
  • Research Experiments 
  • Research Tests 
  • Test Studies 
  • Trials

There is a lot to think about when deciding whether to participate in a research study, and you should ask a lot of questions before making your decision. Below are some of the questions you may want to ask.

Frequently Asked Questions about Clinical Research

  • Will your health insurance pay for the cost of the research study?
  • What happens during research studies of new medicines?
  • Will the study help you if you get a placebo or substitute?
  • Can the research study make your child’s condition worse?
  • What is "informed consent?"
  • What should you do if you don't understand the informed consent form or study protocol?
  • Who can you call if you have concerns about the research study?
  • Other questions to ask the doctor or researcher