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Research and Clinical Clinical Trials

At Arkansas Children's, we are committed to advancing pediatric care through actively participating in clinical trials and research. This focus on discovery brings new information and treatments to patients and their families. Learn more about Children's Hospital commitment to research and clinical trials:

SCOPE Initiative Improves Outcomes

Arkansas Children's is an active participant in a national effort focused on quality improvements around dialysis. The program, called Standardized Care to Improve Outcomes in Pediatric End stage Kidney Disease (SCOPE) is a collaborative effort to prevent infections in pediatric peritoneal dialysis. SCOPE is seeking to:

  • Decrease peritonitis rates and exit site infection rates in patients on peritoneal dialysis
  • Decrease infection rates in pediatric patients on hemodialysis with a central venous catheter
  • Improve control of high blood pressure in pediatric patients on hemodialysis

Advancing Care Quality

Arkansas Children's participates in the North American Pediatric Renal Trials and Collaborative Studies (NAPRTCS). This research effort was first organized in 1987 and seeks to register and follow greater than 80% of the children receiving kidney allografts in North America. They also study the clinical course and natural history of patients with kidney dysfunction, following these patients as they move among the end stage kidney disease (ESRD) therapeutic modalities.

With a commitment to continuous quality improvement, Arkansas Children's is involved with projects involving kidney disease and hypertension as part of its commitment to continuous quality improvement. Talk with a nephrology physician or nurse to learn more about these projects as well as whether your child might be a candidate for a clinical trial.