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ClinicalTrials.gov (service of the NIH)

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Carefully planned clinical trials test new medical advances for safety and efficacy, making possible future improvements in everyday clinical practice and health-care decision making.


ClinicalTrials.gov provides patients, family members, and members of the public easy and free access to information on clinical studies for a wide range of diseases and conditions. ClinicalTrials.gov is a service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Included on the ClinicalTrials.gov site:

  • Search for Clinical Trials — Find trials for a specific medical condition or other criteria in the ClinicalTrials.gov registry More »
  • Understanding Clinical Trials — Information about how clinical trials work and the potential benefits and risks. More »
  • FAQ: ClinicalTrials.gov Questions — This site provides answers to general questions about clinical trials, searching the system, and content. It provides information for understanding clinical trials such as: What is a clinical trial? What is a protocol? What are clinical trial phases? What is informed consent? More »

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