Children

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Care options for your child.  Attention to your child’s health.

A child’s health and well-being is one of a parent’s greatest concerns. With growing minds, and bodies, and sensitive biological systems, children have very specific health care needs. Treatments for childhood illness or disease must be specifically formulated to meet the needs of the children who need them.

Clinical trials for children help develop safe and effective treatments that are better suited to the needs of a child. Clinical trials are not only for experimental treatments, but also for medications that are already available on the market. Studies of existing treatments are designed to help researchers monitor the treatment and understand how it compares to other treatments available. 
 
In any clinical trial your child’s participation makes an important contribution to the health care of children around the world – and may benefit your child directly as well.
 
Benefits of Participation

  • Clinical trials provide opportunities to potentially access a new or existing treatment at no cost and under the close care and supervision of medical professionals.
  • Clinical trials will always be free for you and your child, and may offer remuneration for the time and effort required. 
  • Your child’s health and safety will be closely monitored throughout the trial by experienced health professionals and researchers.  

To find out if there is a trial that could benefit your child, visit our Current Trials page.

Frequently Asked Questions
 
Am I putting my child at risk?
Clinical trials test the safety and effectiveness of a study medication. As with all medications, there are risks of adverse reaction to the study medication. Ethically approved clinical trials are carefully designed to minimize the risks and ensure the safety of your child. 
 
It is important to discuss your child’s health history with the study coordinators when considering joining a clinical trial. It is also important for you to discuss the study with your child. Children usually have lots of questions about clinical trials. Our experienced clinical trials staff are available to answer any questions you or your child might have about the study.

  • Your child will be closely monitored by experienced health professionals and researchers throughout the course of the study.
  • You and your child will be able to contact researchers to discuss your child’s overall health and well-being and to voice any questions or concerns.
  • Your child will be able to continue care with their regular GP or care provider.

What about allergies?
Children are often more sensitive to medications than adults. If your child has any known allergies – or has ever had an adverse reaction to medication– it is important to discuss this with the clinical trials staff before your child joins a trial. Only children who meet all the study criteria will be permitted to participate. 
 
Will I be compensated for my time?
Some studies do offer remuneration for time and effort, but not all. Your child’s participation is a valuable contribution to the development of children’s health care. It is important to consider aspects of participation such as the number of follow-up visits required, as each study is different. Your child has no obligation to complete a trial and may withdraw from a trial at any time. However, to ensure your child’s safety and well-being while participating in a trial, it is important that you and your child are able to fulfill the study requirements.