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ClinicalTrials.gov “Linking patients to medical research”. A service of the National Institutes of Health developed by the National Library of Medicine.

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ClinicalTrials.gov provides patients, family members, and members of the public easy and free access to information on clinical studies for a wide range of diseases and conditions.
The site currently contains records of more than 4,000 clinical studies sponsored primarily by the National Institutes of Health, more than 2,800 of which are recruiting. Not all are randomized controlled trials.

The site states that during the coming year, additional studies from other Federal agencies and the pharmaceutical industry will be included. The site has been developed as a result of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Modernization Act, passed in November 1997, which requires the Department of Health and Human Services, through the National Institutes of Health, to establish a registry of clinical trials for both federally and privately funded trials of experimental treatments for serious and life-threatening diseases or conditions.

The National Institutes of Health are the principal biomedical research agency of the US Government.

Other information available

The site provides a great deal of background to participation in clinical trials and an excellent ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section. There are links to other Federal healthcare information sites.

Access

Free. No registration or password required.

Comments

There is a very detailed User’s Guide which includes extensive tips on searching. The database is not confined to studies of serious and life-threatening conditions. Each trial is described in detail with contact details for further information or to enroll.
By no means all the records are of randomized controlled trials: a search on ‘randomized and controlled’ yielded 562 hits at this visit. The database is updated regularly; the last update is not specified.

Register

Site

ClinicalTrials.gov “Linking patients to medical research”. A service of the National Institutes of Health developed by the National Library of Medicine.

Content

ClinicalTrials.gov provides patients, family members, and members of the public easy and free access to information on clinical studies for a wide range of diseases and conditions.The site currently contains records of more than 4,000 clinical studies sponsored primarily by the National Institutes of Health, more than 2,800 of which are recruiting. Not all are randomized controlled trials.The site states that during the coming year, additional studies from other Federal agencies and the pharmaceutical industry will be included. The site has been developed as a result of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Modernization Act, passed in November 1997, which requires the Department of Health and Human Services, through the National Institutes of Health, to establish a registry of clinical trials for both federally and privately funded trials of experimental treatments for serious and life-threatening diseases or conditions.The National Institutes of Health are the principal biomedical research agency of the US Government.

Other information available

The site provides a great deal of background to participation in clinical trials and an excellent ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section. There are links to other Federal healthcare information sites.

Access

Free. No registration or password required.

Comments

There is a very detailed User’s Guide which includes extensive tips on searching. The database is not confined to studies of serious and life-threatening conditions. Each trial is described in detail with contact details for further information or to enroll.By no means all the records are of randomized controlled trials: a search on ‘randomized and controlled’ yielded 562 hits at this visit. The database is updated regularly; the last update is not specified.