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MRC to fund more trials of complex treatments

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 24 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:182
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The UK Medical Research Council (MRC) plans to promote a broader range of clinical trials, moving away from a narrow focus on drug interventions to study complex treatments such as behavioural therapy.

    The MRC, the UK's largest public sponsor of randomised controlled trials, will also fund more research into mental health, according to its new report on the future of clinical trials.

    The report comes after an 18 month review of the MRC's work in promoting clinical research in Britain. Over 1000 questionnaires were sent to interested groups and organisations, 221 of which replied. Trials funded by the MRC in developing countries will be considered at a later date.

    The organisation is considering …

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