Advances in medicine - new treatments, cures, vaccines and medicines – are driven by research involving humans. But when it comes to medical research that requires children to be involved, researchers often struggle to find participants.
The reason? Many parents are often unwilling to allow their children to take part in medical research, fearing that they may be harmed or used as “guinea pigs,” according to a report released today by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.
In fact, the report finds that only 30 percent of parents are willing to allow their children to participate in research involving a new medication. In contrast, 77 percent of parents want only FDA-approved medicines for their children. This finding reveals a large gap between the proportion of parents who want safe medicines for their children, and those who are willing to have their children take part in research that could ultimately produce information about medicine safety.
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