Welcome to Children's Hospital Boston's interactive Parents' Guide to Medical Research. The purpose of this Guide is to help parents ask questions and gather information that can help them decide whether or not to allow their child to participate in research.

The website includes a video overview of several topics related to medical research. To view the video presentation, click on the "View Video Presentation" button located on the left side of the screen. If you would like to read about these topics, click on the headings at the top of screen. To take a tour of the site and video presentation, click on "View Site Tutorial" located on the left side on the screen. For further assistance using the site, click on "Help" located at the bottom of the website.

You can also select other features found in the reference library, such as "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)," or "Glossary." The "Questions For Research Team" button allows you to prepare a list of questions for when you meet with the research team.

We hope you find this resource to be helpful as you think about enrolling your child in a research study.

This project was funded by the National Institutes of Health through the Human Subjects Research Enhancements Program (Grant No. 2 S07 RR018150-02).

The Health Improvement Institute recently awarded Children's Hospital Boston (CHB) its highest honor -- the 2006 Award for Excellence in Human Research Protection. The award was given for Children's interactive Web site -- entitled Parents' Guide to Medical Research -- and recognizes CHB's ongoing dedication to promoting the well-being of people who participate in medical research.
The Office of Human Research Protections, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the founding sponsor of the awards program. The Health Improvement Institute, which carries out the program, is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to improving the quality and productivity of America's healthcare.