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Questions Regarding Clinical Trials ?

You will find hereafter a non-exhaustive list of potential questions for a parent or family member to ask the appropriate medical staff.


People should know as much as possible about the clinical trial and feel comfortable asking the members of the health care team questions about it.


This list will help you to focus your attention on important issues surrounding the health of your child in a clinical trial.

  • What is a clinical trial?
  • Who is conducting the study?
  • Where is the clinical trial being conducted?
  • Who is the sponsor of this trial?
  • Describe the phases of this study and what phase the drug is in currently in.
  • What are the potential benefits of participating in this trial?
  • Why do researchers believe the new treatment being tested may be effective? Has it been tested before?
  • What are the potential risks associated with this trial?
  • How will my child be medically monitored while participating in this trial?
  • How will my child be medically treated if temporarily or permanently harmed by this trial?
  • Can I withdraw my child from the clinical trial at any time?
  • What are the consequences of leaving the trial?
  • What are my child’s rights during the trial?
  • At this time are there any approved treatment alternatives comparable to this trial for my child?
  • If my child has medically benefited from this clinical trial can he/she continue with this treatment when the trial is concluded?
  • Will you help us explain this to our child and answer his/her questions?
  • How should we explain this to our other children?