For Providers

How to Refer a Patient for a Study

As a healthcare provider, you may wish to discuss a study with one of your patients or refer a patient for consideration for study enrollment.

Referring Patients to PHN Studies

Specific study requirements, inclusion/exclusion criteria, endpoints and general protocol information can be found in Current Studies.

Patients referred to a PHN study continue to be managed by their primary cardiologist. Arrangements will be made to allow the PHN research team to interact frequently with the primary cardiologist in order to coordinate tests or visits and to ascertain adverse events.

Referring a patient and their family to a research study has the potential to increase their healthcare monitoring and will involve you as part of the subject’s primary medical caregiver. Unblinded results from all study tests and other pertinent information will be given to the primary cardiologist.

Discuss with the study team how best interact with you and your patient.

How to Get Involved

Study synopses are available on the website for all open current studies. Each study has an overview of the study objectives, the inclusion/exclusion criteria and study endpoints. If you feel that you have a patient who may be eligible and interested in a PHN study, feel free to contact one of the PHN Sites to obtain additional information or to make a referral. If your patient approaches you about participation in a clinical trial, you may find useful information in Is a Clinical Study Right for Your Patient?.

The Pediatric Heart Network (PHN) has clinical centers in the US and Canada. You may find a site located near to you by viewing the PHN map.

If you do not see a clinical center near you, be aware that a number of clinical centers in the PHN are referral centers that see patients from significant distances. These centers have developed strategies for enrolling long-distant patients into studies while adhering to a well-defined protocol. Some PHN studies have provisions built into the protocol to accommodate families living a distance from the PHN site.

If you would like to discuss a particular study with a PHN investigator or if you would like to refer a patient for consideration for a PHN Study, please contact us. If your patient appears to meet the study requirements, the PI or Study Coordinator will consult with you regarding the best time and method to talk with your patient.