Updated: May 20
Participating in a clinical trial is an important and personal decision. This is especially true with clinical trials for children.
The kids in these studies help to improve the health of children around the world.
Some of these clinical trials help doctors to find the best child-sized dose of medicines that are already being used in adults. Other clinical trials for kids are for diseases that impact the lives of children.
As part of Hypothesis Haven Science Club's mission to teach children how doctors and scientists discover, treat and prevent illnesses, we are excited to share opportunities for children to take part in clinical research.
To be sure that this is the right decision for your family, parents should ask questions before signing up a child for a clinical trial. Some good questions to ask are listed below:
What is the purpose of the trial?
Is there an age range that qualifies my child for the trial?
Why do the researchers believe that the treatment being studied may be better than the one being used now? Why may it not be better?
What kinds of tests and treatments are involved?
How will the doctor know if the treatment is working?
When do we need to decide about joining this trial?
Who can answer questions before, during, and after the trial?
How do possible risks and benefits of this trial compare to those of standard treatment?
Will I have access to my child's test results throughout the trial?
Who will have access to my child's information?
What happens if I want to take my child out of the trial?
Will I have to pay for any of the treatments or tests?
What costs will my health insurance cover?
Who can help answer questions from my insurance company?
For a list of clinical trials for children compiled by Hypothesis Haven Science Club, visit Clinical Trials for Children.
For more information about clinical trials, including the full list of questions to consider, visit healthychildren.org.