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Do You Know How to Search for Clinical Trials?

Submitted by Julie Glanville, York Health Economics Consortium, York, United Kingdom, and Carol Lefebvre, Oxford, United Kingdom

If you know how to search for clinical trials, you probably know that trials registers are becoming a standard information resource for systematic reviews, comparative effectiveness research, and evidence-based guidelines and that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Cochrane, and others recommend or mandate searching trials registers for systematic reviews.

If you do not know how to search for clinical trials, our course will teach you why these sources are important and how to search them effectively and efficiently.

Carol Lefebvre was a founding member of Cochrane, hired to create an international register of clinical trial, which is now called CENTRAL and is published in the Cochrane Library. Julie Glanville has done research on how to effectively search trials registers. There are right and wrong ways to search trials registers!

Visit Trials without Tribulations: Identifying Clinical Trials for Systematic Reviews and Other Clinical and Research Questions to learn more and MLANET to register.

We taught our searching trials registers course at MLA ’17, and the number of participants who rated themselves competent or better at searching for clinical trials more than doubled by the end of the course. Everyone who evaluated the course found it engaging and would recommend it to colleagues. We are pretty proud of this! We invite you to join us for another great session at MLA ’18!


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