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Number of UK patients offered participation in clinical trials will be boosted

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 26 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1460
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

More patients in the United Kingdom will be offered the chance to take part in research trials and contribute to the improvement of medicine, under new plans announced this week by the government.

Researchers will be able to use electronic patient records to make patients aware of research trials that may be relevant to them, said the health secretary, Alan Johnson, at a research summit to commemorate 60 years of NHS research. Patients will be able to take part if they meet the entry criteria.

“I want every patient in the NHS to have the …

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