Clinical trials are research studies. They are designed to learn more about ways to prevent, detect, or treat diseases. Clinical trials can also help people with chronic (long-term) illnesses find better ways to live each day with their illness. Read on for information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about clinical trials.

The goal of a clinical trial for children is to find out whether a treatment is safe, helpful, and well tolerated by children. Researchers may study new drugs, vaccines, devices, or procedures, or new ways to use current treatments. Before you and your child decide whether a clinical trial may be a good option for your child, it’s important to know more about the study, including the risks and benefits.

It’s important to study new treatments in children because children are not little adults. Children have different treatment needs than adults, and sometimes they have different diseases than...

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