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NIH director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, explained in a statement that recruiting sufficient numbers of volunteers is a key challenge for clinical trials and that lack of information about what clinical trials are and how to participate may be keeping patients from enrolling.
Patients seeking more information about clinical trials and how to enroll in them have a new resource, a website (http://clinicalresearchtrials.nih.gov) launched recently by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The site also provides resources for clinicians.
The site provides basic information about participating in clinical trials, including several first-hand accounts from trial participants and parents who have enrolled their children in trials, and features videos from researchers explaining the purposes and importance of clinical trials. The site also provides links to such resources as ClinicalTrials.gov, which can help patients find trials they may be interested in joining, and the ResearchMatch, an NIH initiative that matches volunteers and researchers.
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