Informed consent in pediatric studies
One of the most important parts of the enrollment process is known as informed consent. If your child is eligible, and you and your child decide to participate, you will be given an Informed Consent Form. This document includes detailed information about the clinical study, anticipated laboratory and diagnostic testing, potential benefits and possible risks of the treatment, and the confidentiality of medical information and samples.
You should take your time and read carefully through the document. Ask any questions you may have and encourage your child to ask questions as well. When you are satisfied that your questions and those of your child have been fully answered, you will be asked to sign the document, giving your consent for participation in the clinical study.
At no time should you or your child be pressured to enroll in any clinical research study. And you or your child may end your participation at any time.