During a clinical trial, doctors, nurses, social workers, and other health care providers might be part of your treatment team. They will monitor your health closely. You may have more tests and medical exams than you would if you were not taking part in a clinical trial.
Your treatment team also may ask you to do other tasks. For example, you may have to keep a log about your health or fill out forms about how you feel.
Some people will need to travel or stay in hospitals to take part in clinical trials. For example, the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, runs clinical trials. Many other clinical trials take place in medical centers and doctors' offices around the country.
Children and Clinical Studies: Messages for researchers08/15/2013
In this video, more than a dozen pediatric clinician-researchers, doctors, and nurses talk about the importance of conducting clinical trials for children and their own motivations for pursuing research in this field.
Children and Clinical Studies: For parents and caregivers08/15/2013
In this video, more than a dozen pediatric clinician-researchers, doctors, and nurses talk about the importance of conducting clinical trials for children while addressing common questions that parents and caregivers face when they are considering enrolling a child in a clinical study.
Children are not little adults, yet they are often given medicines and treatments that were only tested in adults. The way to get the best treatments for children is through research designed specifically for them.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) remains committed to ensuring that families get all the information they need to feel comfortable and make informed decisions. The safety of children is the utmost priority for all NIH research studies.