Research involves studying humans to find out the answer to a question.
This can be about learning to understanding how:
- a disease works and how we can prevent it or treat it better
- the body works and how disease affects different people
- how patients and their families feel about their illness or treatment and how it affects you at school or at home.
A research study can involve:
- doing a physical examination and following your child for a certain amount of time
- taking blood tests to check things like your child's immune system or your genes
- taking scans / pictures to learn more about how your child's body works
- doing a sleep study and looking at how well your child sleeps
- trying a new medication or a medication in another way.