The future of clinical trials

Perry Nisen and Patrick Vallance

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI:

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The future of clinical trials

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Clinical trials are the bedrock of evidence-based medicine. Introduced in the mid 20th century, they heralded a move away from opinion and anecdote to a more scientific evaluation of new treatments. Indeed, it could be argued that it is the clinical trial and the application of scientific method to determine which treatments work that distinguishes ‘medicine’ from ‘alternative medicine’. The aim of this short section is to outline the way in which clinical trials are likely to evolve over the next few years....

Chapter.  2199 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Medicine

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