Common myths, part 2

There are a lot of myths out there about participating in clinical research studies. Blair has made it her mission to dispel some of the most common ones in a three part series. Part 1 | Part 3

Blair's Picture during Pregnancy

Blair is expecting her first child in August 2013

Myth: I’m pregnant so I can’t participate in research.

While it is true that at one time researchers were reluctant to conduct research with pregnant women, this is no longer the case. There are many studies that are designed to learn more about maternal fetal health issues. Sometimes research studies provide access to a vaccine or therapy that is otherwise not available to the general public, and more information about safety and dosing of medications and vaccines in pregnant women is needed.

There are complexities and concerns about research risks when involving a pregnant woman and her unborn child, however taking a blanket approach to exclude pregnant women from all biomedical research studies can do more harm than good. The health of pregnant women and their babies, both during pregnancy and after the baby is born, relies on the information learned from research studies.

Myths: It would be cruel to enroll my child(ren) in a research study. Why subject them to that?

In order to develop new therapies and discover new treatment options that will benefit children, both healthy and sick, children need to participate in research studies. Researchers have learned that applying treatments and medicines based on what works in adults is risky and often not effective.

There are many research studies that are non-invasive and sometimes kids even find them to be fun. Sometimes researchers are just looking to see how children play or behave, or even just to ask them a few questions and learn from their thought processes and to study how kids learn.

You do not need to enroll your children in a research study that requires regular blood draws or taking medications to make a valuable contribution to research.


Blair Gonsenhauser research recruitment coordinator

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