For families

As well as delivering excellent health care, PCH is committed to discovering new ways of preventing, diagnosing and treating childhood diseases to improve the health and wellbeing of children.

You and your child can help us achieve this by taking part in the many studies conducted at PCH.

What does a research study involve?

It may be as simple as allowing researchers to look at your child's medical records or use leftover tissue or blood collected from your child as part of their routine medical care.

Involvement in other studies may include:

  • interviews, questionnaires and surveys
  • blood or urine tests
  • imaging studies such as x-rays or MRI scans
  • interventional trials (also called clinical trials), which are explained in more detail below

Why do we conduct clinical trials?

Clinical trials are used to find innovative ways to prevent, detect, treat or manage various diseases or medical conditions. Clinical trials can involve research into the following:

  • new medicines
  • surgical and other medical treatments and procedures
  • medical devices
  • vaccines
  • educational interventions
  • diets
  • psychological or behavioural counselling.

Trials offer the hope of developing better interventions or tests for a particular disease or condition. Even if a trial does not provide an immediate benefit for an individual, it may provide benefits for others with the disease in the future.

Be part of a clinical trial at PCH

By taking part in a clinical trial, your child can contribute to the advancement of medical knowledge and, in some cases, to improved health for themselves or other children with the same disease or condition.

Please speak to you child's treating doctor regarding any potential clinical trials that may be suitable for your child.