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Introduction to Clinical Trials

Clinical trials have perhaps never before had so much exposure on news media. During the COVID pandemic, the setting up of clinical trials was often headline news, let alone announcements of the findings.

However, notwithstanding the public interest, clinical trials are complex, multifaceted research projects that require a range of expertise to conduct. Many people from various backgrounds are now involved in clinical trials through various roles. Clinical trials also come in many shapes and forms, including the familiar “standard” randomised controlled trial (RCT).

This section of the CSM website provides some starter information on clinical trials and RCTs in particular, along with short articles on topics related to clinical trials.

Short topical articles related to Clinical Trials

To randomise or to randomize?

A look at the use of randomis(z)e and randomis(z)ation when discussing RCTs.

What exactly is a clinical trial?

An exploration of definitions of clinical trials through history and today.