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Whether to participate in research is an important decision. We appreciate your interest and encourage you to ask questions. Almost daily, research discovers information about medical conditions and possible ways to help adults and children. Cincinnati Children’s is involved in research because it is very important to understanding diseases and developing ways to prevent and treat health problems in children, as well as adults.
Research (sometimes referred to as a “research study,” “medical research,” “clinical research study” or “clinical trial”) is a carefully planned test. The purpose of research is to learn about:
Without research, doctors cannot know how best to treat adults and children. Treatments for adults must be tested in adults (just as treatments for children must be tested in children). Research studies in healthy adults contribute important information to improve preventive child healthcare, too.
Participating in research may lead to knowledge that could benefit you and others. Depending upon the research, participants may also learn information about their condition. Research may help determine:
Research participation is not right for everyone. It is a personal choice. You should not feel bad if you choose not to participate in research.
Anyone interested who meets the requirements may participate. Requirements may include specific:
There are uncertainties in any research study. Research can involve surveys, medications, vaccines or other treatments. You may or may not notice any effects from being in the study. If you have side effects or a reaction while in the research study, you are given appropriate care.
Before you decide whether to participate in research, you must be fully “informed.” It is important for you to understand:
Sometimes there is pay or compensation for your time and effort.
To enroll in our database to be notified about future studies, please complete an online sign up form.
A staff member from the Office for Clinical and Translational Research may contact you after receiving your submission to clarify your information and to talk about any specific research study interests you have for yourself.
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