What to expect as a parent or caregiver of a child?
Family decisions about our loved ones and their healthcare can be extremely delicate. While the reasons and steps for enrolling your child in a clinical trial are similar to enrolling yourself, it’s understandable there may be a deeper level of anxiety.
Children may have different responses to treatments compared to adults, so studying all age groups can be extremely important. Clinical trials are also sometimes needed to fulfill pediatric regulatory requirements. After justifying the necessity for a study, clinical trials involving children require approval from ethics committees and health authorities. Extra protection methods are often added.
If your family is considering enrolling a child, researchers will outline all aspects of the clinical trial including the treatment, benefits and risks, necessary procedures and length of time. If you decide to participate, parents or caregivers (and the child, depending on age) must sign an Informed Consent Form.
Throughout the clinical trial, clinical trial members including doctors and nurses will always be accessible to monitor your child’s health. When the clinical trial ends, the team will work with your family to ensure appropriate ongoing care continues.