Research body helps to boost the number of patients in clinical trials

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 17 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:112
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    A shake-up in the way research is organised in the NHS has led to a massive increase in the numbers of patients taking part in clinical trials, according to a report published this week.

    The National Institute for Health Research, set up in 2006 to oversee NHS research in England, says that setting up research networks has been central to achieving its first goal—to establish the NHS as an internationally recognised centre of research excellence. The networks are providing the framework needed to support clinical trials across the country, the report says.

    The new networks include a primary care research network, six topic specific clinical research networks—for cancer, dementias …

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