NIH has created a new website, NIH Clinical Research Trials and You (clinicalresearchtrials.nih.gov) to help people learn more about clinical trials, why they matter and how to participate.
Research has shown that some of the greatest challenges to recruitment of volunteers are the lack of general knowledge about what trials involve, where they are carried out, and who may participate. The new, centralized resource will make it easier for the public and health professionals to learn about clinical trials and how people can participate.
Visitors to the site will find information about:
. the basics of clinical trial participation
. experiences from clinical trial volunteers and explanations from researchers
. links on how to search for a trial or enroll in a research matching program
In addition, health care professionals can read about evidence-based strategies for talking with patients about trials, and find audience-tested posters to help promote trials in clinics and offices