In the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), research is very important to improve our understanding of the health problems of babies in the NICU and how to treat them.
In the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) we are constantly working to improve how we care for babies. There are often several research studies going on in the NICU. You may have the chance for you or your baby to take part in one or more of these studies.
Your written consent is always needed before your baby can take part in a research study. Before you make your decision:
Each study is different and a study team member will explain the purpose of the research, the benefits of the study, possible risks, and what is expected to be learned.
- it is important to be informed.
- ask questions to understand the research study.
- take the time you need to think about it.
- and talk it over with a family member or your doctor if you need to.
If you are thinking about taking part in a study remember:
- It is always your choice.
- You can change your mind at any time.
- you and your baby will always receive the best possible care whether or not you are in a study.
- Information about you and your baby is only shared with your consent.
- Information collected about you or your baby is used only for the research study you have consented to participate in.