How do — and should — reporters use ClinicalTrials.gov?
I have the privilege of speaking at a Friends of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) workshop on public access to clinical trials in a few weeks. I’ve been asked to discuss how reporters can use ClinicalTrials.gov, the NLM-run registry and results database, how they might use it better, and what sorts of improvements might help make the resources available there easier to use.
I’d like to hear, in comments or by email to ivan-oransky [at] erols.com, ideas from my readers. I’m starting with just a few of my own:
- Reviewing study data
- Finding trials in your own area
- Seeing how many trials of a particular compound were started, to give context when a new study is published or announced at a conference
- Comparing published endpoints to originally planned protocols
So, reporter colleagues, how do you use the database? What improvements do you wish for? Maybe some of those who’ve participated in the Association of Health Care Journalists-NLM fellowship can weigh in. And what ideas do non-reporters have about how journalists could use ClinicalTrials.gov better?
Thanks in advance.