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Clinicaltrials.gov: Linking Patients to Medical Research

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McCray AT
Cancer Informatics: Essential Technologies for Clinical Trials. New York: Springer Verlag. 2002;:302-307.
Abstract: 

ClinicalTrials.gov is a system designed to provide patients, families and other members of the public with easy access to Web-based information about clinical research studies. The system owes its creation to a section of the Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act (1997), which charged the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with creating such a resource. The scope of this legislation is broad, requiring publicly available information on all clinical trials - whether federally or privately funded - for experimental treatments for serious life-threatening diseases and conditions. On behalf of all NIH Institutes, the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) developed ClinicalTrials.gov and made it available to the public in February, 2000.

McCray AT. Clinicaltrials.gov: Linking Patients to Medical Research Cancer Informatics: Essential Technologies for Clinical Trials. New York: Springer Verlag. 2002;:302-307.