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TESTING TREATMENTS - BETTER RESEARCH
FOR BETTER HEALTHCARE


By Imogen Evans, Hazel Thornton, and Iain Chalmers

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES


UNDERSTANDING CLINICAL TRIALS AND FAIR TESTS


James Lind Library
www.jameslindlibrary.org

MRC Clinical Trials Unit
www.ctu.mrc.ac.uk/Trialinfo.asp

NHS National Library for Health
www.library.nhs.uk/trials

US National Cancer Institute
http://cancertrials.nci.nih.gov/clinicaltrials/learning
www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Information/clinical-trials

UK Clinical Research Collaboration
A guide – Understanding Clinical Trials – is available at www.ukcrc.org

Critical Appraisal Skills Programme
Organises workshops and provides online and other resources to help individuals to
develop the skills to find and make sense of research evidence.
www.phru.nhs.uk/casp/casp.htm



INFORMATION ON THE EFFECTS OF TREATMENTS


Clinical Evidence
An online publication from the BMJ Publishing Group which can be accessed free
of charge in England, Wales and Scotland through the National Library of Health at:
www.library.nhs.uk

The Cochrane Library
An online resource which includes The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. It can
be accessed free of charge throughout the British Isles at:
www.thecochranelibrary.com

Informed Health Online
An evidence-based website for consumers, produced in English and German by the
German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care.
www.informedhealthonline.org



GETTING INVOLVED IN RESEARCH


Cochrane Consumer Network
Promotes patient input to systematic reviews of treatments prepared by
The Cochrane Collaboration.
www.cochrane.org/consumers/homepage.htm

NHS Health Technology Assessment Programme
Actively involves service-users in all stages of its work.
www.ncchta.org/consumers/index.htm

UK Clinical Research Network
Keen to involve patients in prioritising and helping to design clinical trials
www.ukcrn.org.uk

James Lind Alliance
Promotes working partnerships between patients and clinicians to identify and
prioritise important uncertainties about the effects of treatments.
www.lindalliance.org

Current Controlled Trials
An open-access meta-register containing information about ongoing controlled trials: www.controlled-trials.com

INVOLVE (formerly Consumers in NHS Research):
Promotes public involvement in research in health and social care.
www.invo.org.uk





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