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An Insider’s Guide to Clinical Trials$
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Curtis L Meinert

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199742967

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199742967.001.0001

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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.

Keywords:   clinical trial, randomized trials, medical research, enrollment, Internet

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