- Title Pages
- 1 Introduction
- 2 The Language of Clinical Trials
- 3 The Recipe for Trials
- 4 The Stages of Trials
- 5 The Anatomy of Trials
- 6 Authorship and Credits
- 7 The Nature of Trials
- 8 The Ethics of Trials
- 9 Regulation of Trials
- 10 Research Misconduct
- 11 Myths Regarding Trials
- 12 Tricks of the Trade from a Cynic
- 13 Reading Between the Lines, or How to Read a Journal Article
- 14 Critics and Criticisms
- 15 What to Make of Results
- 16 Biostatistics 101
- 17 Subgroup Analysis vs. Data Dredging
- 18 Meta-analyses and Systematic Reviews
- 19 Re-Search
- 20 Shopping for a Trial?
- 21 Readings
- 22 Clinical Trials and Our Health
- 23 Final Exam
- 24 Last Words
- Appendix A <i>The Mother Test for Designers of Trials</i>
- Appendix B <i>Rating Index for Clinical Trials</i>
- Appendix C A Patient’s Guide for Deciding Whether to Enroll in a Randomized Trial
- Appendix D Abbreviations
- Author Index
- Subject Index
Shopping for a Trial?
Shopping for a Trial?
- (p.173) 20 Shopping for a Trial?
- An Insider’s Guide to Clinical Trials
Curtis L. Meinert
- Oxford University Press
This chapter presents guidelines for persons in search of a clinical trial to enroll in. By and large, one should be shopping for randomized trials because two things are certain: firstly, that there was a series of trials prior to the one of interest showing the treatment to be reasonably safe, and secondly, that there is an underlying state of clinical equipoise. The first step when shopping for a trial is to go to www.clinicaltrials.gov. The site is a registry of 97,000 + trials (as of October 14, 2010) in different stages, ranging from still-being-planned ones to completed ones, and everything in between. Chances are that some relevant trials will be found and that they are open for enrollment. One can also surf the web for ongoing trials listed on the websites of major drug companies.
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