Chapter

Shopping for a Trial?

Curtis L. Meinert

in An Insider’s Guide to Clinical Trials

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199742967
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897278 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199742967.003.0020
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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

Chapter.  1365 words. 

Subjects: Medical Statistics and Methodology

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