Referring a patient to a clinical research study

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Referring a patient

Please contact the Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office to find out if your patient's diagnosis may be of interest to investigators.

If your patient's disease is under active investigation, you may be asked to submit the diagnosis and medical history in writing to the principal investigator.

Patients accepted to participate in a clinical research protocol are not asked to pay for their medical, surgical, and other hospital care. Patients must usually pay for their own transportation to the hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. The Clinical Center Social Work Department is available to help prospective patients with personal problems concerning admission. Financial assistance is available only in certain emergency situations.


Length of stay

Admission to the Clinical Center is for research purposes only. Patients will return to the care of their referring physicians or institution, or to their families, when their participation in a protocol ends and their medical condition permits. Each institute's clinical director makes this determination.

What is NIH?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) located in Bethesda, Maryland, is made up of 27 separate institutes and divisions. It's one of eight health agencies of the Public Health Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The different institutes, centers, and divisions study diseases such as cancer, AIDS, heart trouble, eye problems, dental problems, depression, and nerve diseases, to name just a few. These studies are paid for with taxpayer dollars.

How do I get more information on referring a patient to a study?

If you would like to refer a patient to an NIH research study, contact the Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office at NIH to see if we are studying the patient's disease. Call 1-800-411-1222.

You may also mail information on the patient's diagnosis and medical history to:
Patient Referral Service
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center
Clinical Center Communications
6100 Executive Blvd., Room 3C01
MSC 7511
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7511

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