We are looking for children and teenagers with high blood pressure to take part in the Cheers Study!
The Cheers Study is a clinical research study looking at how effective an investigational medicine is for children with high blood pressure. This medicine is already used to treat adults with high blood pressure and the aim of the Cheers Study is to test whether the investigational medicine works well in children and teenagers with high blood pressure too! The study is being run by a study team of doctors and nurses and if you decide to take part, you will receive all study medicines, study examinations, and study-related medical care in the study at no cost.
About 260 children and teenagers, from up to 12 countries, will be taking part in the Cheers Study and your child’s participation in the Cheers Study could help improve treatment options for children with high blood pressure in the future.
Will you help us?
Your child could take part in the Cheers Study if they:
- are 6 to less than 18 years of age
- have been diagnosed with high blood pressure
- weigh at least 25 kg (about 4 stone or 55 pounds).
High Blood Pressure Affects Children Too!
When was the last time your child's Blood Pressure was measured?
You might think that high blood pressure (hypertension) only affects adults. But babies, children and teenagers can have high blood pressure too.
According to the International Pediatric Hypertension Association “As many as 5% of children and adolescents may have essential hypertension”
High Blood Pressure typically goes unnoticed
High blood pressure in children often has no or very few symptoms and typically goes unnoticed and untreated. The best way to know if your Child has high blood pressure is to have their blood pressure tested by their doctor.
High blood pressure is also more common in children that are overweight, have sleep disorders, have diabetes or have kidney problems.
Untreated high Blood Pressure is serious and can damage the heart, brain, kidneys and eyes over time
Are you — or do you know — a child or teenager with high blood pressure? See if you - or a child or teenager you know - might qualify for the Cheers study for children with high blood pressure!
What do I need to consider?
The study team will be able to explain more about what the Cheers Study will involve.
It is up to you to decide if you want to take part in this study. You will be able to leave the study at any time if you wish.
The study medicines, study examinations, and study-related medical care in the study will be given to you at no cost.
Volunteers who take part in the study will be compensated for their time and travel. The study will include visits to a study doctor or nurse in your area.
About Clinical Studies
What is a clinical research study?
- Scientists around the world are looking for new medicines that work and are safe for people to use.
- Clinical research studies – also called clinical trials –are medical studies run by doctors and nurses to help scientists find out if these investigational medicines (potential new medicines) are safe and effective.
- Clinical research studies involve a group of people who agree to try out the investigational medicine while being looked after by study doctors and nurses.
- If there were no clinical research studies, we would have no new medicines.
Why are clinical research studies important for children and teenagers?
- Children and teenagers are not simply “small adults” – medicines sometimes affect them in a different way to adults. Even when we know a medicine can be used by adults, it’s important to find out:
– if the medicine works and is safe for children and teenagers
– how much of the medicine (which dose) should be given to children and teenagers.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Cheers Study will last for about 58 weeks (just over 1 year) and during this time you will be asked to visit the study center approximately 17 times. At the study visits, some tests and checks will be done so that the study doctor can monitor your health. You will be looked after by a study team of doctors and nurses.
At the beginning of the study, checks will be done to make sure you qualify for the study, before you start taking the study medicine and before any changes are made to your current medicines.
Yes, volunteers who participate in the study will be compensated for time and travel.
No, all study-related care, the study medicines, study examinations, and study-related medical care in the study will be provided to you at no cost.