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ClinicalTrials.gov: A Resource for Patients, Clinicians, Researchers and Librarians

Kate FlewellingOut and About

Kate Flewelling, Outreach CoordinatorClinicalTrials.gov

ClinicalTrials.gov was launched in 2000 by the National Library of Medicine (NLM).  In 2008, as a result of Section 801 of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007, ClinicalTrials.gov was expanded to include basic results reporting, including adverse effects.  Due to reporting bias, results reported in ClinicalTrials.gov may not be published anywhere else.

As of October 2013, there are 153,826 studies in the registry with locations in all 50 states and in 185 countries. Over 10,000 records currently have basic results, a number which has nearly doubled since 2011.

ClinicalTrials.gov can be used by:

  • Patients to find on-going and recruiting clinical trials: http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/help/for-patient
  • Clinicians to access information about specific trials, trial methodologies, clinical evidence on a topic, and previous and on-going research in a field of interest: http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/search/advanced
  • Researchers to find previous unreported study results, investigate research funded by particular sources and find potential collaborators on future projects, as well as register and report the results of their own studies: http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/help/for-researcher
  • Librarians to support the information needs of clinicians, researchers and consumers and to find unreported studies for systematic reviews.

NN/LM MAR wants to support health sciences librarians who want to use the ClinicalTrials.gov registry.  In particular, we want to highlight the results database and the reporting requirements for researchers.

ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians is a new three-week online course.

  • Module 1 will explain what a clinical trial is and why ClinicalTrials.gov is a significant resource
  • Module 2 will demonstrate ways to search and interpret studies with results on ClinicalTrials.govClinicalTrials.gov
  • Module 3 will discuss the number of records with results and the unique position of health science librarians to provide education and to advocate for the results database and submission requirements

This asynchronous, self-paced course will begin on December 2, 2013.  For more information and to register click here: http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=661

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