Does your child have a cold that does not seem to go away or has suddenly gotten worse? If so, your child may have sinusitis (sinus infection) and may be able to participate in a research study. Compensation provided.
STUDY PURPOSEThe purpose of this research study is to find out whether it is better to treat a sinus infection with an antibiotic right away, or if it is better to wait a few days to see if symptoms improve on their own.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOUR CHILD?
- Between the ages of 2-12
- Has a cold that does not seem to go away or has suddenly gotten worse
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECTThis study involves 2-3 visits over several weeks. Parents will be asked to report their child’s symptoms in an electronic diary each day. Some children who participate in this study will be given an antibiotic and some will be given a placebo. The placebo looks and tastes just like the antibiotic but does not contain the antibiotic. Your child will be assigned by chance, like the flip of a coin, to receive either antibiotic or placebo. Participants will be seen at various Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP) and Children’s Community Pediatrics (CCP) locations.
IRB:PRO15030187 - sIRB Efficacy of Antibiotics in Children with Acute Sinusitis: Which Subgroups Benefit?
MEET THE RESEARCHER
Nader Shaikh, MD, MPH, is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Shaikh is particularly interested in researching how to best diagnose and treat common infections in children.