On Feb. 6, 2012, the NIH unveiled a new website, NIH Clinical Research Trials and You, to help the public, health care providers and potential volunteers learn more about clinical trials. http://www.nih.gov/health/clinicaltrials/
” The ability to recruit the necessary number of volunteers is vital to carrying out clinical research that leads to health and medical advances,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “This new centralized resource will make it much easier for the public and health professionals to learn about clinical trials and how people can participate in them.”
A search on “CAT scans” located 49 protocols actively accruing/recruiting new patients and 23 protocols actively following patients currently enrolled. From the patient perspective, a search on “diabetes” retrieved 53 protocols, including 34 protocols actively accruing/recruiting new patients and 19 protocols actively following patients currently enrolled.
Medical Market Consulting applauds this effort by the NIH to improve communication about clinical research trials which include both pharmaceutical and medical device interventions.
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