Experience Journal Boston Children’s is known for pioneering some of the most effective diagnostic tools, therapies and preventive approaches in pediatric psychiatry. A significant part of our success comes from our commitment to research—and to advancing the frontiers of mental health care by conducting clinical trials.
Boston Children’s coordinates hundreds of clinical trials at any given time. Clinical trials are studies that may involve:
- evaluating the effectiveness of a new drug therapy
- testing a new diagnostic procedure or device
- examining a new treatment method for a particular condition
- taking a closer look at the causes and progression of specific diseases
While children must meet strict criteria in order to be eligible for a clinical trial, your child may be eligible to take part in a study. Before considering this option, you should be sure to:
- consult with your child’s treating physician and treatment team
- gather as much information as possible about the specific course of action outlined in the trial
- do your own research about the latest breakthroughs relating to your child’s condition
If your physician recommends that your child participate in a clinical trial, you can feel confident that the plan detailed for that study represents the best and most innovative care available. Taking part in a clinical trial at Children’s is entirely voluntary. Our team will be sure to fully address any questions you may have, and you may remove your child from the medical study at any time.
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Search NIH clinical trials taking place around the world.
Boston Children's Experience Journal Project Gives Patients and Families a Voice
Boston Children’s psychiatrist-in-chief, David DeMaso, MD, and members of his team have created the Experience Journal, an online collection of thoughts, reflections and advice from kids and caregivers dealing with the physical, emotional and social repercussions of serious illness. The journal is divided into sections by topic, and includes contributions from children who are living with ADHD, depression and grief, as well as many medical conditions.