Clinical Trials / Research Studies
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Participating in a Research Study

Whether to participate in research is an important decision. We appreciate your interest and encourage you to ask questions. Almost daily, researchers discover 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.

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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:

  • Health
  • Diseases
  • Medicines
  • New treatments
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:

  • Correct dose
  • Medication safety
  • How well the medicine works
  • Side effects

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:

  • Age
  • Weight
  • Gender
  • Medical history
  • Current medical condition
  • Diseases
  • Medication
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:

  • Your participation is voluntary
  • Why the research is being done
  • What the researchers want to accomplish
  • What will be done and for how long
  • What risks are involved
  • What possible benefits can be expected
  • What other treatments are available
  • You have the right to leave the study at any time without interfering with your regular care
Sometimes there is pay or compensation for your time and effort.
Watch: The Cady Family enrolled in a research study at Cincinnati Children's because they want to be part of finding a cure for cystic fibrosis.
Watch: Research Study Helps Family of Patient with Tuberous Sclerosis Give Back

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Please complete an online sign up form and include your email address to learn about research studies via our monthly e-newsletters, and to be possibly contacted by email or phone.