Participating in Clinical Trials

Families come from around the region, country and even the world to participate in some of the innovative clinical trials happening at our facility. Through these trials, your child has access to advanced technology, the newest drugs, and other innovative treatments. 

At Children’s National, all patients are considered for clinical trials. As you and your family think about whether a clinical trial is right for your child, here are a few things to consider:
  • Participation is voluntary: If your child is eligible, it’s up to you and your family to decide whether he or she participates. Physicians, nurses, and specially trained social workers meet with you to discuss the risks and benefits, as well as alternative treatment options, so you can make the choice that’s best for your family.
  • Your child can be enrolled in an open trial: To produce reliable results, research projects follow strict guidelines. This includes enrolling patients only at certain times. If the enrollment period has closed, your child cannot be added to a trial. However, with so many trials happening at Children’s, your child may be able to participate in a different trial for his or her condition.
  • Not all children are eligible: All patients at Children’s receive the best available care for their condition. However, if your child has certain illnesses, or compromised organ functioning, such as liver failure, this might not include participating in a trial. 

Learn more about our clinical research programs.

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Meet the team or for more information, call us at 202-476-2800.