Clinical trials conducted at Children's Mercy Hospitals and
Clinics give our doctors and nurses valuable knowledge to improve
patient care now - and in the future. The studies provide a safe
environment for testing the effectiveness of new treatment methods
for a vast range of health conditions.
What you need to know
Before you decide to have your child participate in a clinical
trial, there are several things to consider. It is important to
know that the studies are optional, and your child will continue to
receive the best possible care whether you choose to participate in
a clinical trial opportunity. All research studies are done with
the approval and oversight of an ethics committee called the
Institutional Review Board.
See our active clinical trials.
Important questions to ask the research staff
- Why is the research being done?
- What will I have to do?
- How long will it take?
- How often will I need to come in for study visits?
- What are the benefits of the study?
- What are the downsides of the study?
- Is there anything we will be required to pay for?
- Will I get to choose which medical treatment my child
- What other additional options do I have?
Find answers to frequently asked questions.